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Yiruma

Yiruma

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Yiruma's piano music is expressive and introspective. He frequently performs at sold-outconcerts in Asia, Europe and North America. His Alma Mater King's Collegein England helpedhim gain European popularity and recognition. Several of his most popular pieces include,"River Flows in You", "Kiss the Rain", and "Maybe". His most popular album
 First Love
wasreleased in 2001.He began playing the piano at the age of five, and moved to London when he was 11, in 1988, tostudy at The Purcell School of Music. He possessed dual citizenship of South Korea and Englanduntil 2006, when he gave up his UK citizenship to serve in the Navy of South Korea.
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1 Career Timeline 
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2 Biography 
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Musical Style 
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Personal life 
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Movie Soundtracks 
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6 Compilations 
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roposed since May 2011.
 September 1990 í July 199
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Attended THE PURCELL OF SPECIALIST MUSIC SCHOOL(LONDON) - PIANO AND COMPOSITIONSeptember 199
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í June 2000 Attended KING"S COLLEGE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY -Graduated as COMPOSITION MAJOR June 1992 YOUNG MUSICIAN'S FESTIVAL, In FAIRFIELD Hall- Croydon As a Soloist199
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KODAI MUSIC SCHOOL CONCERT, HUNGARY- As a Soloist
 
December 1996 Album Production in LondonMay 199
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 GEORGE BENJAMINWORK (PIANO DUET)- Participated in LONTANOENSEMBLE WORKSHOPApril 2000 Produced theater play µTAE!¶ For Korea ± England Cultural Friendship in London.
 May 2001 Released debut album
 
 December 2001 Released 2nd album "First Love
, Concert at Young San Art HallJanuary 2002 Invited to perform at The
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6th MIDEM (Cannes, France)April 2002 Concert at the Young San Art Hall
 June 2002 Release "Oasis & Yiruma" Image album
 
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 December 2002 Release of soundtrack "Doggy
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oo O.S.T" 
 May 200
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Jeju Shilla Hotel Concert, Hoam Art Hall Concert, Herbnara ConcertMay 200
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ne - September 2003 Concert To
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r in 13 cities
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Free Concert at the Ghana Art Center for OrphansOctober 200
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Free Concert for seniors
October 2003 Released 3rd album
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Concert at Seoul Arts Center February 200
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Joint Concert with pianistIsao Sasakiat the Seoul Art Center 
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an-Mar 2004 Concert To
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r in 12 cities
 March 200
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Concert at Hoam Art Hall
April 2004 Promotion To
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r in
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 June 200
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Recording for 'FUJI TV drama' at Tokyo, Japan
 
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ovember 2005 Release 4th album
 March 2006 Farewell Concerts at Seoul Arts Center & Sejong Center For the Performing ArtsJuly 2006 Enlisted in Korean Navy
 August 2006 Released 5th album h.i.s. Monologue
 August 2008 General Discharge from the Korean NavyOctober 2008 Released 6th album P.N.O.N.I
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Lee ru-ma was born in South Korea and was raised and educated in England. Yiruma began playing the piano at the age of five, and subsequently moved to London at the age of eleven(1988), to study atThe Purcell School of Music. In December 1996 he participated in the album
The Musicians of 
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(Decca). Graduating from Purcell School of Music in July 199
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,Yiruma continued his musical aspirations and completed a Composition major fromKing'sCollege Londonin June 2000. While studying at Kings College, this promising pianist releasedhis 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, Yirumawas the first Korean artist to receive an invitation to perform at the 2002 MIDEM in Cannes,France. Early in his career, his albums were released in Europe and Asia, they are now availableinternationally through various online sources such as iTunes, Amazon, and Yiruma's recordinglabel STOMP Records. In 2001 he released his most popular album to date, "First Love". His #1selling song "River Flows in You" was on this album and since 2001 this song has been releasedon two other albums (First Love
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Repackaged] and Wedding Essentials: The Ceremony) Yirumareleased his third album,
 From The Yellow Room
in 200
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. Pre-order sales topped
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0,000 copiesand the album was top-ranked on many popular music charts, including Yes2
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, Phono, and HotTracks. His 12-city Korean tour was a sellout, as well as his November concert at the Seoul National Arts Center.His fourth album is
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OEMUSIC.
In 2006, the following year, he composed a main theme songfor a popular KBS drama,Spring Waltz. In his fifth album,
h.i.s monologue
, he utilized prepared piano. Yiruma has composed soundtracks for musicals, films and plays. While beinginternationally successful in the world music industry, Yiruma dutifully decided to fulfill hisSouth Korean patriotic duty of serving his country. Hence, in 2006 he gave up his UnitedKingdom citizenship and enlisted in the Republic of Korea Navy. After satisfying his nationalduty in the Korean Navy, he began the 2008 Yiruma Come Back Tour,
 Ribbonized 
, in 20 citiesacross Korea. Additionally, on January 1, 2009, he became a DJ for KBS1FM
Yiruma's Music from All Around the World 
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