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Orchestra seeks young trumpet players

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Park Hyun-jung, president of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Provided by SPO

“Would it be Korean parents’ tendency to want to make their children stand out? Koreans playing musical instruments tend to be heavily concentrated on musical instruments that can be played solo, like violin or piano, than instruments that perform in symphony, like trumpet or percussion,” says Park Hyun-jung, president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

“But music experts say the level of orchestra can be weighed by the level of the orchestra’s wind players,” Park said yesterday. “I think it’s because Korean parents prefer their children to learn musical instruments that can be played alone.”

According to Park, 58 percent of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s wind section and 60 percent of the percussion section consists of foreigners.

“We have no choice but to rely on foreign musicians as there’s a lack of Korean players for those instruments,” said Park.

In an effort to foster young Korean students in those instruments, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will hold an academy for young trumpet players. The teacher will be French trumpet player Alexandre Baty, who is the trumpet principal at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Before “Baty’s Brass Academy,” which begins in August, there will be “Baty’s Trumpet Masterclass” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the practice room on the fifth floor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s office in central Seoul. The class will be free for middle, high and university school students who are thinking of majoring in trumpet. Students can apply online at academy@seoulphil.or. The application form can be downloaded at www.seoulphil.or.kr. For more information, call (02) 3700-6322.

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [sharon@joongang.co.kr]

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