Known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, pianist Minsoo Sohn garners praise from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity and deep musicianship. The latest accolade, published in The New York Times, called his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations a “beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011.  Sohn has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Israel at major venues and has appeared at many prestigious festivals.

"Sohn plays with a thrilling, personal, hall-filling sound that is also flexible, vocal, and immediate; he was born to play the piano." – The Boston Globe

An avid chamber musician, Sohn has performed with Aviv Quartet, Cecilia Quartet and Ysaÿe Quartet, Israel Camerata Woodwind Quintet and Gryphon Trio. In January 2010, he collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group alongside Russell Sherman and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in the Boston premiere of Mozart Dances.  Sohn’s notable interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been broadcast numerous times on CBC and NPR’s Performance Today.  

In 2006, Sohn became the First Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition and prior to that, he was top prize winner of several international competitions such as the Busoni, Cleveland, Rubinstein, Santander, and Queen Elizabeth competitions.

Born in Korea, Sohn began piano studies at age three. Later, he moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at New England Conservatory where he received his artist diploma in 2004. Previously on the faculty of Michigan State University, he currently lives in Korea and is a professor at the Korean National University of Arts.

J.S. BACH: The Goldberg Variations


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