Kwon Soon-hwon Ventures Out of BoA's Shadow

      May 22, 2009 08:05

      Kwon Soon-hwon

      Being the sibling of a celebrity is never easy, and pianist Kwon Soon-hwon too is perhaps better known as the elder brother of K-pop megastar BoA, rather than a musician in his own right.

      But giving his first concert, "Kwon Soon-hwon's Easy Classic" this summer, he ventures forth under his steam.

      "Whenever I forget to say hi to someone, or have an argument with other people, I am seen as rude," he says. "It's okay when such criticism is directed at me only, but when it goes beyond that to hurt my sister and my family, it's difficult to take." 

      Kwon set up digital music label called Neo Musica last year and has been working as a producer as well as a pianist. His music is distributed only online, but there it is popular, with his playing of Beethoven and Chopin ranked high in the classical music section of popular music streaming sites such as Bugs Music and Melon.

      "When I learn how to drive, I start with a small car instead of an expensive imported car, and likewise I wanted to introduce an easy and accessible way to learn classical music, rather than picking difficult pieces," he says.

      In the upcoming "Easy Classic" concert, Kwon's will play his own arrangements, and he will also offer a commentary to help the audience understand the music better. A dance troupe will dance to Igor Stravinsky's "Petrushka," and even some orchestral music recorded in advance will be played, something that has been taboo in the classical music world.

      Kwon says his role model is Ryuichi Sakamoto, who composed the original soundtrack for "The Last Emperor" and also works as an actor and model.  

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