NK Orchestra to Arrive August 18

    August 09, 2000 18:22




    The 'Chosun National Symphony Orchestra of North Korea' will give a concert in Seoul for the first time since the Korean War it was announced Wednesday. The concert will be held at the KBS hall on August 20 and 22nd at 7:30pm, and also at Seoul Arts Centre on the 21st at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. The visiting group will consist of then 110 member orchestra, 3 soloists and 19 support staff and officials. KBS who with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism jointly invited the orchestra said that it was uncertain whether Kim Byung-hwa or Kim Il-jin will conduct or not.


    The selection of music will be settled after the orchestra's arrival in Korea via Beijing.
    According to Seung Kwac, who has experience of conducting the orchestra, their performance of Tchaikovsky is outstanding. Hwang Byoung-ki who visited Pyoung Yang in 1990 when there was the "North and South Korean Unification Music Concert" said that the Chosun National Symphony Orchestra and the Yoon Yi-sang Orchestra are almost the only ones that play pure classical music in North Korea.


    Soprano, Yoon In-sook performed with these orchestras several times including the last musical work of Yoon Yi-sang called "An angel in a flame and was impressed with their high level of performance. She affirms that their expression of Russian music was close to perfection. Representative conductors of the North Korean classical music are Kim Byung-hwa, Kim Il-jin, Kim Jung-kyun, Kim Ho-yoon and Kim Young-sang. Kim Byoung-hwa, a senior conductor, is the regular conductor of the Chosun National Symphony Orchestra since his appointment in 1963.


    Kim Il-jin has become a center of attention in Europe following his winning first prize at the Karajan Music Competition in 1985 after majoring in cello in the Music and Dance University in Pyongyang and studying at the Moscow Academy of Music. He is currently working as a conductor of the Yoon Yi-sang Orchestra and Mansudae Music Association of Pyongyang.


    (Kim Yong-woon, proarte@chgosun.com)



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