Minsoo Sohn has been described by The Boston Globe
as “an artist, a man who will create a life in music, find
listeners, and reward them”. Known as a performer with poetic
vision and musical intelligence, Sohn continues to garner praise
from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity
and for his wide range of repertoire. The latest accolade,
published by Gramophone writes of his playing as “highly
distinctive and intelligent” and The New York Times called his
Honens-label recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations a
“beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” and named it
one of the top classical recordings of 2011.
Mr. Sohn has toured extensively throughout North America, South
America, Europe, and Israel at important venues including Weill
Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Argentina’s
Teatro Colon, Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and St. Lawrence
Centre for the Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and
Gardner Museum, Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall, Vancouver’s
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Banff Centre’s Rolston
Hall, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Chicago’s Cultural Center,
Cleveland’s Severance Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre,
Spain’s Palacio Festivalle de Cantabria, Israel’s Tel Aviv
Museum of Art and Mann Auditorium, Brussel’s Palais des Beaux
Art and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Munich’s Gasteig. He
has also appeared at the International Keyboard Institute and
Festival in New York, Rockport Music Festival, New Hampshire’s
Monadnock Festival, Spain’s Santander Festival, Israel’s Eilat
Festival, Canada’s Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival,
Colors of Music festival, Tuckamore Festival, Vitoria Chamber
Music Festival, Gilmore Rising Stars Series and Celebrity Series
As a soloist, he has performed with leading orchestras including
Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Calgary Philharmonic, Israel
Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique
de Québec, Jerusalem Camerata, Holland Symfonia, National
Orchestra of Belgium, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire
Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, KBS Symphony among others.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Sohn has performed with Aviv
Quartet, Cecilia Quartet and Ysaÿe Quartet. He also has
collaborated with Lawrence Lesser, Dong Suk Kang, Suren
Bagratuni, Young Chang Cho and featured as a soloist with Mark
Morris Dance Group alongside the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music.
Mr. Sohn’s notable interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations
has been broadcast numerous times on CBC — including live
broadcast of the Glenn Gould 75th birthday commemoration concert
— and across the United States on NPR’s Performance Today. He
made guest appearances in a number of other radio stations,
including WFMT (Chicago), WGBH Classical Performance (Boston),
The New Classical 96.3FM Live from the Concert Lobby (Toronto)
and CBC Live on Studio Sparks (Ottawa). His performance with
Boston Symphony Salute to Symphony concert was broadcast on CBS
and A&E Channels. Mr. Sohn was also featured on Canada’s Bravo!
Mr. Sohn has released three recordings to great critical
acclaim, including New York Times, New Yorker Magazine,
Plain Dealer, Gramophone, Toronto Star.
In 2006, Mr. Sohn became the First Laureate of the Honens
International Piano Competition. Prior to that, he was top prize
winner of international competitions such as the Busoni,
Cleveland, Hilton Head, Rubinstein competitions.
Mr. Sohn owes much of his success to Russell Sherman and Wha
Kyung Byun with whom he studied at the New England Conservatory
for many years.
After teaching at Michigan State University for five years, Mr.
Sohn returned to his native Korea to join the faculty of Korean
National University of Arts in 2015 where he instantly became a
much sought after performer as well as an educator.