In 2017, Pianist JeungBeum Sohn won the 1st prize at one of the world’s most prestigious, Munich ARD International Music Competition in Germany, as the first Korean with his powerful and impeccable technic with mature and sincere musical sense.
Further awards include JeungBeum won the 9th International German Piano Award in Frankfurt am main, the Minister prize from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea which is given to talented people who have honored Korea and He won the George Enescu International Music Competition as the first Korean in 2011 only at the age of 20 that showed his strong presence to the international stage.
His competition repertoire ranged from Bach to Tchaikovsky, and his creative interpretation along with various color of playing have captured hearts of many. And this achievement from the competition led him advance to collaborate with the most distinguished musicians and musical venues in Europe since.
JeungBeum has worked with numerous renowned orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Philhatmonie Baden-Baden, Collegium Musicum Basel, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
His performed highlights include recitals in renowned concert halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Flagey in Brüssel, also he performed at famous festivals in Europe which some of the World’s finest pianists are invited to play including Ruhr Festival, Schubert Festival, Busoni Piano Festival, Cervo Festival and Late Summer Festival in Denmark.
He started playing the piano at the age of 4 and his first stage appearance was at 8 years old, at Kumho Prodigy Concert Series at Kumho Art Hall. His bright musical talent was recognized from the early stage by conquering numerous national musical competitions and he successfully made his concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13 playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1
He graduated from Korean National University of the Arts where he studied with Choongmo Kang. In 2012, he moved to Germany to study with Arnulf von Arnim and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and Müsikhochschule Münster for a concert diploma under the same professor’s guidance.