Topics: Piano, Music, South Korea Pages: 4 (1272 words) Published: June 23, 2013
Yiruma is the stage name of I Ru-ma (born February 15, 1978), a popular internationally known pianist and composer from South Korea. The name "Yiruma" means "I shall achieve" in Korean. Yiruma frequently performs at sold-out concerts in Asia, Europe and North America. His Alma Mater King's College in England helped him gain European popularity and recognition. Several of his most popular pieces include, "River Flows in You", "Kiss the Rain", and "May Be". His most popular album First Love was released in 2001. He began playing the piano at the age of five, and moved to London when he was 11, in 1988, to study at The Purcell School of Music. He possessed dual citizenship of South Korea and the United Kingdom until 2006, when he gave up his UK citizenship to serve in the Navy of South Korea. Contents [hide]  * 1 Biography * 2 Musical style * 3 Personal life * 3.1 Family and spouse * 4 Albums * 4.1 Studio albums * 4.2 Special albums * 4.3 Live albums * 4.4 Movie soundtracks * 5 Compilations * 6 References| [Biography

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 at The Purcell School of Music. 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. Early in his career, his albums were released in Europe and Asia, they are now available...

References: Family and spouse
Yiruma married Son Hye-Im on May 27, 2007.[4] The piece "27.May" is about his marriage to Son Hye-Im
On his spiritual viewpoint, Yiruma has stated, “I’m Christian, and I am not a New-age artist". Most people misunderstand me.” In his album H.I.S Monologue (2006), the artist composed a piece titled, “Lord...Hold my Hand”.[6]
2001 Love Scene
In his 3rd album released on June 20, 2002, Yiruma composes a soundtrack for the movie "Oasis" directed by Lee Chang. In this album, the audience is invited to feel the emotions of the actors while watching a visual expression of their love.
Yiruma 's second soundtrack for the Children 's film Doggy Poo OST was released on December 17, 2002. By far the most popular track on this album is “Dream”.
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