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School seeks to help launch young musicians into world industry

All News 19:17 June 07, 2018

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- The School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts pledged Thursday to invest more efforts in helping its award-winning young talents advance into the world music industry.

Since its establishment in 1993, the state-run institute is home to many of the most promising Korean classical musicians, who have earned a total of 651 awards, including 253 top prizes, at international contests.

The 2007 winner in piano at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Kim Sun-wook, and the 2011 No. 2 in piano at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Son Yeol-eum, are some of the school's award-winning alumni.

But winning contests dose not suffice, and young Korean musicians still face tall hurdles in their way to the world music scene, as the leaders of the global music world are still unfamiliar with Korean artists, Dean Kim Dae-jin said in a news conference marking the school's 25th anniversary.

"I plan to increase exchanges by inviting foreign professors, conductors and officials at record labels to visit Korea and see the country for themselves," he said.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the school plans to perform Verdi's Requiem on June 20 at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul.

Kim Dae-jin, the head of the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, speaks during a press conference on June 7, 2018, marking the 25th anniversary of the school's opening. (Yonhap)


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