SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

The Korean traditional and contemporary music lecture-concert: in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Korean Music, Seoul National University

Korean Concert

Date: 28 June 2019Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 28 June 2019Time: 2:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert


The Seoul National University’s Department of Korean Music will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its formation by performing its traditional and contemporary repertories of Korean music, in a lecture-concert will provide the audience with an in-depth sampling of Korean traditional music. 

The Department of Korean Music was founded in 1959 with the purpose of educating talented students in the field of Korean traditional music. Since the beginning, the SNU Department of Korean Music has developed and expanded the frontiers of Korean traditional music. Many performers of Korean traditional music who educate the public both in Korea and in other countries around the world are graduates of the SNU College of Music. In addition, the Department holds an annual concert that features performances of newly composed music. The Department encourages the study and research of traditional music as well as the education of promising scholars to carry on with their research.

In 1959 the Department only recruited fifteen students. However, it has grown and currently a significantly larger number of students study courses ranging from kayagŭm, kŏmungo, haegŭm, taegŭm, p’iri, ajaeng, percussion instruments, the composition of traditional music, theory of traditional music, and vocal traditional music with the department. Initially in 1963, a graduate school for traditional music was formed with its main focus on theory. From 1983, courses on traditional instruments, vocal music, and music composition were added to the graduate program. In 1989, the doctoral programme from theory of traditional music was created. 2004 marked the beginning of doctoral programmes in composition, vocals, and instruments. The Department of Korean Music is centered on the purpose of producing composers, performers, and scholars from its cohorts. Many of the Department's alumni have gone on to active distinguished careers in composing, performance, and research.

Speakers and Performers

Prof. Yang, Kyung Sook (haegŭm)
Prof. Kim, Kyung A (p’iri)
Bahk, Haejin (p’iri)
Kim, Youngeun (haegŭm)
Won, Yoo Been (haegŭm)
Sun, Chaerin (kŏmungo)
Kim, Jungmin (kayagŭm
Kim, Sujin (ajaeng)
Park, Subin (taegŭm)
Cho, Subin (vocal-Traditional court music)
Cho, Suhwang (vocal-Traditional folk music)
Kwon, Yechan (traditional percussion)
Son, Hyeok Jin (traditional percussion)


This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required. Online registration

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies in partnership with Seoul National University

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