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‘Friends of Korea Foundation’ Concert  Gala Performance Marks KF 20th Anniversary  The Korea Foundation’s 2011 winter concert, marking its 20th anniversary, was held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on December 12, 2011. Under a theme of “Friends of Korea Foundation,” the concert featured an array of Korea’s leading classical musicians who have shared the Foundation’s vision of “promoting the image of Korea in the world through the arts.”

Star-filled Gala Concert

The musicians included participants of diverse musical events organized by the Korea Foundation, who have impressed audiences at home and abroad over the years.

For example, the Korean Chamber Orchestra was dispatched to participate in the Naantali Music Festival in Finland and the Bad Brueckenau and the Rheingau festivals in Germany in 2005, and the 10th Beethoven International Music Festival in Poland in 2006. The group also appeared in the KF Cultural Center’s 2007 year-end concert as well as the 2009-2010 Seoul International Music Festival.

Similarly, the MIK Ensemble, launched in 2003, began its collaboration with the Foundation by appearing in the KF 2006 year-end concert. In 2007 the ensemble performed at the commemorative events for the 45th anniversary of Korea-Israel diplomatic relations and the 50th anniversary of Korea-Turkey diplomatic ties, held in Tel Aviv and Ankara, respectively.

Pianist Shin Soo-jung, a professor at Seoul National University, and violinist Kim Min, music director of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, were members of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 Seoul International Music Festival, which was sponsored by the Foundation. Also, violinist Kwon Hyuk-joo and pianist Kim Tae-hyung have presented impressive performances at the KF Cultural Center’s Open Gallery and year-end concerts.

‘Friends of Korea Foundation’ Concert


Fresh and Diverse Repertoire

The concert opened with Mendelssohn’s “Symphony for Strings No. 10 in B Minor” performed by the Korean Chamber Orchestra. It was followed by a diversity of classical works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel, Haydn, and Bach, as well as baroque and contemporary pieces, offering an opportunity for the audience to compare and appreciate refined orchestral harmony and the expertise of soloists. Czech composer Josef Suk’s “Piano Quartet,” played by the MIK Ensemble with violinist Kwon Hyuk-joo, and Polish composer Wojciech Kilar’s “Orawa for String Orchestra,” rendered by the Korean Chamber Orchestra as the evening’s finale, provided the audience with a rare chance to enjoy works by contemporary European composers who are little known in Korea.

Particularly, Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos and String Orchestra,” featuring soloists Yang Sung-won and Song Young-hoon, as well as solo and duo performances by pianist Kim Tae-hyung and violinist Kwon Hyuk-joo, left a strong impression on the audience. Cellist Song Young-hoon is recently gaining popularity as a radio music show host. The MIK Ensemble consists of violist Kim Sang-jin, violinist Kim Su-bin, pianist Kim Jung-won and cellist Song Young-hoon.

With a vibrant repertoire comprising masterful performances by the Korean Chamber Orchestra and veteran pianist Shin Soo-jung and cellist Yang Sung-won to rising stars like pianist Kim Tae-hyung, the KF’s 2011 winter concert offered a delightful evening by bringing together some of Korea’s most accomplished classical musicians.




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