Maestro Chung Myung-whun and SPO offer master class for next generation conductors
33-year old Choi Soo-yeoul is one of Korea’s most promising young conductors, as proven through world competitions over the past few years.
Now he is conducting Brahms Symphony No. 1 with members of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
This is part of a conducting master class offered by maestro Chung Myung-whun, and Choi was one of the six conductors selected.
“Of course, there must have been parts where I wasn’t good enough, but I tried my best for the given 30 minutes to deliver the essence of Brahms that I interpreted.”
It wasn’t just aspiring Korean conductors taking part.
One international participant also got a chance to learn from maestro Chung.
“I have heard this orchestra in a couple of concerts before, and I’m very looking forward to work with them, that’s why I came all the way to Korea. Of course, we’ve got a chance to meet maestro, and it’s a great honor, because I’ve heard a lot about him, and I’ve seen many of his concerts, but it’s my first time actually to get to meet him.”
The six participating conductors, all in their early- to mid-thirties, were recommended and selected because of their outstanding talents.
However, from the perspective of maestro Chung, they all have room to improve.
From postures to the mindset of approaching the music, the 60-year-old shared his wisdom and personal anecdotes about how to draw the best sound by gathering the force of the orchestra.
“What we’re trying to do is help younger people have more opportunities to show themselves, which is the main difficulty for young conductors. They don’t have enough chances to conduct orchestras and show what they can do. That’s the main purpose of this masterclass and project.”
This masterclass is part of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s long-term project to nurture the musical talents of the next generation.
The orchestra plans to continue trying to identify and nurture young talents over the course of next 10 years.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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