BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Yiruma is a South Korean piano music composer. The name "Yiruma" means "I shall achieve" in Korean. He was born in Feb 15, 1978 and started to learn the piano at home at the age of 5. In 1988 he moved to England, and in December 1996 he participated in the album The Musicians of Purcell (Decca). Graduating from Purcell School of Music in July 1997, Yiruma continued his musical aspirations and completed a Composition major from King's College London in June 2000. While studying at Kings College, this promising pianist released his first album "Love Scene" through DECCA records. Additionally, during his time in college, he participated in a musical tour in Europe. Making a historical impact for his country, Yiruma was the first Korean artist to receive an invitation to perform at the 2002 MIDEM in Cannes, France.

While being successful in the music industry, Yiruma decided to serve in the South Korean military. Hence, in 2006 he gave up his British citizenship and enlisted in the Korean Navy. Completed his service in the Korean Navy, he began the 2008 Yiruma Come Back Tour, Ribbonized, in 20 cities across Korea. His former concerts in Korea have been always on issue. Actually, he is the first newage artist whose concert tour in more than 10 cities was sold-out in Korea. The talented musician Yiruma, in 2009, became a DJ for KBS 1FM <Music from All Around the World> and MC for MBC <Wednesday Art Stage> in 2010. Yiruma has released 8 studio albums and composed lots of soundtracks for musicals, films and plays. He composed the main theme for KBS drama <Spring Waltz> and “Fairy Tale” for <Secret Garden> the super hit drama in 2011.

In 2011, Yiruma released his best album with Sony Music Entertainment Korea Inc., and his concert <The Best> in 13 Korean cities has successfully held. Official videos for the best album are on Youtube Yiruma VEVO. The videos including his most famous pieces “Kiss the Rain”, “Maybe” and “River Flows in You”, hit over 100 million views on YouTube.

2012 May, Yiruma released his 7th studio album [Stay in Memory]. Since it has been 3 years from Yiruma’s last studio album, he composed beautiful piano solo pieces which fans have been waiting for. The Album 「Stay in Memory」 is recorded in a concert hall for vividness of playing by two Korean best engineers; one is Lee Jae Hoon and the other is Hwang Byeong Joon who is the first Korean winner of “Best Engineer” on Grammy Awards. He has participated in mastering this album and made the best of Yiruma’s playing. And Yiruma held concert tour which is extension of album promotion. Yiruma’s concert is one of the popular concerts in Korea, 28 Shows in 26 different cities were all sold out.

Yiruma made appearances on German TV show “Wilkommen Bei Carmen Nebel” 2012 March, and received huge applause by the audience. 2013 April, Yiruma held first live album release showcase in Passionskirche, Berlin, Germany. Media and fans were astonished by Yiruma’s amazing performances. Yiruma went on Australian promotion tour in May 2013 covering media interviews, TV and radio appearances. The Australian promotion tour was much successful and it was highlighted by Yiruma’s showcase at Sydney Opera House.

In 2014, starting with the fabulous sold-out concert in Singapore amid a standing ovation of 5,000 audiences, he has led successful concert tour in Hong Kong and Malaysia. His physical album sales in Malaysia has passed GOLD and reached PLATINUM award. He is about to embark on a highly anticipated solo concert tour in Poland and Russia in November 2014 and also planning to hold his year-end concerts throughout 10 cities in Korea.

The 8th Album, 「Blind Film」
Yiruma’s 8th official album, [Blind Film], contains 11 songs including the title track, ‘Blind Film.’ The pianist expresses his agony and maturity as a musician through this song. Another expecting track ‘Forest Fantasy’ is a piano remake version of his already-released song, ‘Forest of Fantasy.’ Yiruma said, “I’d like to introduce [Blind Film] as visual music. There is nothing very special about this album. I think it is not so different from what I’ve done, but I might have unconsciously expressed a change of heart that I went through.” His national tour [Blind Film] was held in 32 cities.

Music style

Yiruma's musical style is easy to misclassify. Because his music is popular among many listeners who are not familiar with classical music, the solo piano instrumentation and tendency toward "movements" often leads to labels like "new classical" or "contemporary classical". However, although his composition studies would have included the classics, neither the structure of his pieces nor his technique as a pianist are heavily influenced by them. His music has sometimes been classified vaguely as "popular", as shown by the inclusion of his hit piece River Flows in You on a compilation of wedding pieces titled "Wedding Essentials: The Ceremony". According to the iTunes Store, he is actually considered a World Music or New Age artist.



For the actual structure of his music, the movement and reach required to play his pieces averages around Grade 7 by Royal Conservatory standards. Pattern and repetition feature prominently, however, making the structure more like popular pieces or movie themes than traditional solo piano compositions. Yiruma's pieces are also heavy in simple melody and rhythm, making them immediately attractive to many modern ears.



There’s a certain quality to his music… There seemed only to be love in his tunes, the positive and the hopeful. This may be hard to comprehend, but if you’ve you heard his music before, you’ll understand. I feel blessed to just be seated there among the audience and hearing his music. His music speaks to your heart and he captivated everyone with his tunes.

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