ACCLAIMED SOUTH KOREAN COMPOSER-PIANIST, YIRUMA, MARKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEBUT WITH NEW ALBUM, THE REWRITTEN MEMORIES
THE REWRITTEN MEMORIES RELEASED VIA UMG KOREA ON 26 MARCH 2021
NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘KISS THE RAIN’ OUT 5 FEBRUARY 2021
05 FEBRUARY 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - South Korean pianist and composer Yiruma is celebrating 20 years since his debut album with a new recording, The Rewritten Memories, to be released on 26 March via Universal Music Group Korea. It features brand-new orchestral arrangements of some of his best-loved works from the past two decades, including the globally popular ‘River Flows In You’ – dubbed “the ‘Clair de lune’ of the 21st century” (Classic FM) – and ‘Kiss The Rain’, which is released a single on 5 February alongside a new music video.
The Rewritten Memories is Yiruma’s first orchestral studio album and features the composer himself on piano. “It was a challenging yet interesting experience,” he says, describing the recording of the album with the Korean Symphony Orchestra during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The entire orchestra members couldn’t gather simultaneously and had to record part by part.” Yet the opportunity to collaborate with so many musicians was a refreshing change for Yiruma, who, like most composers, usually writes alone.
Reworking his collection meant Yiruma could finally realise many of the sounds he had imagined when he first composed the solo piano works. “I had often thought when playing ‘River Flows In You’ that a flute melody would work well over the top – it was wonderful to explore this.”
The Rewritten Memories spans music from Yiruma’s 20-year career, from 2001’s First Love to his recent composition Room With A View – a piece dedicated to the joy of staying indoors, which, despite being written before the pandemic, provided an evocative soundtrack to 2020.
Educated in the UK at the Purcell School of Music and King’s College, London (where he studied under Sir Harrison Birtwistle), Yiruma is best known for his simple, melodic and emotional style of writing. A popular and well-known personality in Korea, Yiruma’s many musical and related activities include hosting radio shows and DJ-ing, collaborating with musicians from many different genres, and writing hit songs for some of K-Pop’s most successful bands. But it is for his solo piano works that Yiruma enjoys most global acclaim; his most popular pieces are performed by millions of amateur pianists the world over, and his own recordings have delivered over two billion streams.
Despite his success, Yiruma remains modest. He concludes, “I don’t know how 20 years has passed since my debut album! I never imagined that people all over the world would listen to my music. It’s surreal. It’s not something I planned – and I’m very grateful.”
The Rewritten Memories – Tracklist:
- Kiss The Rain (Orchestra ver.)
- Sunset Bird (Piano Septet ver.)
- River Flows In You (Orchestra ver.)
- Maybe Christmas (Orchestra ver.)
- Nocturnal Mind in D minor (Piano Septet ver.)
- Reminiscent of Days (Orchestra ver.)
- Room With A View (Piano Septet ver.)
- La Fotografia (Orchestra ver.)
Born in 1978, Yiruma started playing piano at the age of five, and moved to London when he was 10 to study at the Purcell School of Music, followed by King’s College, London. He released his first album Love Scene on Universal Music in 2001, aged 23. That same year, he released the follow-up First Love which included the No.1 hit ‘River Flows in You’, described as “the ‘Clair de lune’ of the 21st century” (Classic FM). In 2002, Yiruma’s arrangement of ‘When Love Falls’ was also included on the soundtrack to Winter Sonata – the drama which started the sensation now known as the Korean wave. In the years that followed, Yiruma’s repertoire grew and his career flourished, from sell-out live performances and international tours, to hosting his own radio shows. He has written more than 200 pieces to date, earning over two billion streams. His music is often featured in classical charts – in March 2020, Yiruma scored a No.1 album in the US Billboard Classical chart. Yiruma remains an inspiration for young pianists across the globe thanks to his uplifting, emotional and beautiful melodies. His compositions are also available as sheet music, encouraging fans to nurture their own musicality.