Yiruma is a South Korean composer and classical pianist. Yiruma’s music combines elements of jazz, blues and traditional Korean musical styles; some pieces incorporate ambient, techno and trip-hop elements. Yiruma has sold over 4 million CDs in Asia alone. Yiruma’s pieces have been featured in television commercials for companies such as KFC, Mitsubishi, Onitsuka Tiger Co., Coca-Cola and Canon Inc. Yiruma’s album First Love sold 500,000 copies worldwide. Yiruma is the first and only pianist to have four albums on Japanese charts simultaneously. Yiruma’s album Love Scene has sold 500,000 copies worldwide as of late 2005.
Yiruma’s music was used in a 2006 Mitsubishi ad in Britain. Yiruma also wrote the theme song for SBS-TV’s YoonSeo couple series (starring Yoon Se-ah and Yoon Kye Sang), called “The One I Love”. Yiruma composed the music for the 2006 movie, My Little Bride.
Yiruma has performed in many countries including France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore and on Japanese television. Yiruma was the first classical and Asian artist to perform at the famed Herbst Theater in San Francisco, California on September 22, 2004. Yiruma also performed as a guest performer for the Sharp’s worldwide computer exhibition in 2005 Yiruma has composed over 100 songs including First Love, River Flows in You (#1 United World Charts for 6 weeks in 2001), and Love Scene Yiruma has also worked with Yoo Hee-yeol of YB on a single. Yiruma’s songs have been featured in the 2005 Korean films My Little Bride (with Yoon Eun-hye, one of South Korea’s top actresses) and My Tutor Friend Yiruma Yoko’s music has also been used in the United States dramas, Cold Case and ER Yiruma studied at Berklee College of Music Yiruma met YB Yoon Hee-yeol from YB Yoon Hee-yeol first heard Yiruma’s songs on the Internet, then contacted him about working together Yiruma Yoko, Yiruma Yoko (piano) YB Yoon Hee-yeol Yiruma Yoko’s song Tears on Love is covered by YB Yoon Hee-yeol in this single. This was Yiruma and YB’s first collaboration album since My Soul (January 2006) YB Yoon Hee-yeol composed two of the ten songs Yiruma Yoko wrote six and Korean composer Yoo Young-seok composed four Yiruma Yoko was born in South Korea to a family of musicians (his father played the violin, his mother the piano) Yiruma performed barefooted on an urban stage in front of more than 2,000 people Yiruma Yoko’s song Tears On Love was arranged by YB Yoon Hee-yeol YB Yoon Hee-yeol and Yiruma Yoko made a two week American tour where they held live performances and piano seminars In March 2007, YB Yoon Hee-yeol and Yiruma Yoko released the single YB Yoon Hee-yeol first met Yiruma Yoko in his office where YB Yoon Hee-yeol played Yiruma’s song, First Love on piano YB Yoon Hee-yeol then asked Yiruma to arrange his song, YB Yoon Hee-yeol Yiruma Yoko YB Yoon Hee-yeol Yiruma Yoko’s songs are featured in the 2009 movie, My Girlfriend is an Agent Singer Yiruma wrote the song How Can I Love You More for this movie (I Don’t Know) and its music video was Yiruma Yoko’s first Yiruma Yoko YB Yoon Hee-yeol Yiruma Yoko’s songs have been used in many dramas, including the 2011 hit drama In Time With You starring Taiwanese actress and singer Ariel Lin and Korean actor Leex Yixing.