Monday, July 18, 2022

Christian Yom | 3rd Prize | Piano | 9th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Christian Yom has been studying piano since age 7 under Margarita Nuller and developed perfect pitch at 8. His most recent accomplishments include a first prize from the American Protégé Music Talent Competition, earning him a performance at Carnegie Hall. Other recent achievements include his 7th consecutive year of the highest grade for the Young Musician’s Festival and being the only selected pianist for WCYO's Spring Chamber Music Intensive. Christian also has taken a deep interest in composition, drawing inspiration from traditional Korean folk music and lore. Studying under Paul Frucht, he composed his first string quartet “Seonmul (선물)”, meaning gift in Korean, based on the folktale ""Hong Gildeon Jeong"" to be performed at the Charles Ives Music Festival this summer, and is now working on “San (산)” to be played by the principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Emily Levin, flutist Katie Althen, and the string quartet performing “Seonmul”. 

To give back to his community, he is the founder and CEO of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Instruments Inspire, striving to provide musical opportunities for all children through instrument donations and/or covering funding for instruments. They have raised thousands of dollars within their first 2 weeks and obtained several local partnerships. Christian also founded a music education-based group named “Music Mentors”, an after schools program for his 3 local elementary schools partnering with Camp Herrlich to foster and empower music in Carmel’s future generation first-hand. 

For high school, Christian is a lead tenor II for concert choir, being considered for NY All-state, and is a saxophonist for the high-school’s highest level wind ensemble. Outside of music, he enjoys playing golf and skiing for his school’s varsity teams, chatting it up with friends, and enjoying a morning cup-of-joe.  

Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Alexander Scriabin, 7:24.