In 2017, Yekwon Sunwoo, PDPL Piano '15, became the first Korean to receive a gold medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Sunwoo has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America as a soloist. Previously, he won first prizes at the International German Piano Award, Vendome Prize, Sendai International Music Competition, and William Kapell International Piano Competition. Decca Gold released his celebrated performances of Ravel's La Valse and Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36, just after Sunwoo won the Cliburn competition.