07. June 2009 · Comments Off on Cliburn & Yeol Eum Son · Categories: Cliburn Competition, Links

An hour later, Son reflected on the radical physical metamorphosis she achieves from practice session to performance: “I really love becoming that quite different person on the stage — complete with a different outfit — from who I am off, in a rehearsal for instance,” Son said. Still another contrast that Son acknowledges is how much she revels in the Prokofiev work’s qualities of tragedy and happiness. She likes to call them the “ironies” of the work.

“I like to play the crying and screaming of the piece, but I also know there is real joy as well,” said Son, who nurses a sore right index finger after her orchestra rehearsal. “For the Prokofiev in particular, I must say that when I first played it, I said to myself that I must marry the person who wrote it — it affected me so much.”

Despite Son’s Herculean physicality in approaching such an imposing work as Prokofiev’s Second Concerto, she sheepishly admits to not being particularly athletic in her daily life. She doesn’t swim or ride a bike, nor often seek out a gym for a quick workout.

What Son does do is a vigorous jump-rope session for 15 minutes, under a live oak tree in her host family’s front yard in Fort Worth. That bit of heart-pumping exercise, and not coffee, seemingly energizes Son for her most productive practice sessions — between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

“We fall asleep to her playing the piano, it is so nice. We are really getting spoiled by her,” said Becky Brooks, Son’s host mom.


… with all these articles you do start to see the different personalities, yes?

A Selection from her Final Recital:

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