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Soprano Sumi Jo: ‘Music is a God-given mission’
Sep 23, 2013
“I think music is a God-given mission for me,” the world-renowned Korean soprano Sumi Jo said of her life as a musician. The Korean soprano has long been labeled as “a coloratura soprano with a voice from above.” Born in Seoul in 1962, Jo graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School in...


Minister Ryoo talks about trust-building process
Sep 11, 2013
Inter-Korean relations have entered into a phase of change under the Park Geun-hye Administration. Shifting away from traditional conflict, tension, and distrust, the two Koreas seem to be carefully and slowly building trust and taking steps forward for peace. The two sides recen...


Korean pianist Kim Sun-wook debuts in Argentina
Sep 03, 2013
Korean pianist Kim Sun-wook has gained recognition on tour in Argentina. On August 23, Kim became the first Korean pianist to have a recital at the prestigious theater Teatro Colon. At the crowded auditorium filled with more than 2,400 music lovers, Kim delicately but charismatic...


Kyung-Wha Chung: 60 legendary years as violinist
Aug 28, 2013
Showing an unusual musical sense already at three, a six-year-old prodigy got her hands on an instrument called a “violin” for the first time, and her genius for the violin kicked in. It was in 1957, a year stricken with the ashes and scars of the Korean War (1950-53), that the m...


Snowpiercer producers describe the film ‘like magic’
Aug 16, 2013
The film Snowpiercer has attracted more than 7 million viewers in only 15 days since its opening. Benjamin Legrend (63) and Jean Marc Rochette (57), the writer and artist of the French comic Le Transperceneige on which the movie is based, visited the 16th Bucheon International Co...


Lim, ‘something new created when different cultures mee...
Aug 16, 2013
“Classical music purifies human minds and makes us kind.” This is what permanent conductor Lim Hun-joung of the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucheon Phil) had to say when asked to define classical music. Permanent conductor Lim Hun-joung of Bucheon Phil (photo: Jeon Han)....


Soap sculptor MeeKyoung Shin recognized in London
Aug 07, 2013
Back in 2012, when London heated up with Olympic fever, a large-scale equestrian sculpture was installed at Cavendish Square in the west end of London. A statue of the Duke of Cumberland was rebuilt in the same location from the original in 1770, which was removed in 1868, but ma...


Korean writer Chon Hye-rin rediscovered in Germany
Aug 01, 2013
In Schwabing, a borough in Munich, Germany, a private literature recital and a music concert were held on July 16. It was hosted by the artist circle Seerosenkreis, under the title of “Schwabing, where youth can overflow like golden beer: Korean female artist Chon Hye-rin’s essay...


Freedom, democracy deserve the best: Fidel V. Ramos
Jul 26, 2013
Freedom and democracy deserve the best of everything, said former president of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos, 85. The former president recently arrived in Korea on July 24 for a five-day schedule to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement.“We never can...


Enemy combatants of Korean War to become new friends
Jul 18, 2013
This year is the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War. Soldiers who aimed guns at each other 60 years ago have since become friends, shaking hands in reconciliation. Chen Rebi, 81, is a Chinese veteran of the Korean War as a statistics analyst. Recently, Chen came ...