Yiruma's musical journey began at age five with his fascination with the piano. At age ten , he moved to England to pursue his passion for music at the Purcell School of Music. During his time at Purcell , he was invited to participate in a special classical album for Decca Records. After graduating in 1997. Yiruma attended London University of King's College to further pursue his aspirations in both music and composition. During his time at King's College, Yiruma studied under Harrison Birtwistle, a master of modern music, from whom he learned classical and modern music, as well as composition.
In 2001, Yiruma released his first album 「Love Scenes」.With its friendly melodies complemented by his polished performance skills gained from his training in classical music , this soft and mellow musical style gained great interest from the general public as well as from professional critics.Yiruma went on to release his second album 「First Love」, ( 2001 ) which included his No. 1 piece 'River Flows in You'.