Mr. Won Hyung Joon is a world-renowned South Korean violinist and peace activist working towards an inter-Korean orchestra comprising musicians from North and South Korea.
Music Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula
When: Fri 08 December 2017 19:00-21:00
Where: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SOAS University of London
“Peace is harmony. When different instruments are able to make beautiful sounds, we can feel peace.”
Mr. Won Hyung Joon is a world-renowned South Korean violinist and peace activist working towards an inter-Korean orchestra comprising musicians from North and South Korea. Inspired by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Mr. Won firmly believes in the power of music in achieving harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula. Through his "One Harmony" project, Mr. Won embodies “art as a language of diplomacy”.
Mr. Won was most recently invited to perform at the United Nations Palais des Nations to commemorate World Peace Day 2017 and his story has been featured in a number of international news outlets. In 2013 he was invited to perform at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone with the support of the Swiss and Sweden members of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission.
The evening will begin with a recital of Paganini Caprice No.24. Mr. Won will then share his story and vision to reconcile differences between North and South Korea through the power of music. The evening will be concluded with a short Q&A with the audience.
Background: In 1990 Mr. Won performed at the World Economic Forum which was celebrating the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany. It was this event that first inspired him to see music as a medium for reconciliation. Over the past 8 years he has attempted on multiple occasions to bring young North and South Korean musicians together to perform a peace concert. Attempts have been made in the Korean Demilitarised Zone and even Germany, however on each occasion, the agreements fell through. Mr. Won, however, has not given up and is confident that one day musical harmony will be made on the Korean Peninsula.
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