Korea Symphony Orchestra officially adds “national” label to its name

The National Symphony Orchestra of Korea under conductor David Reiland performs at a concert on January 23. (KNSO)

On Friday, the Korean Symphony Orchestra officially adds “national” to its name following approval from the culture minister earlier this month.

The renaming of the orchestra, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, has been pushed for several years, but has come up against opposition from the KBS Symphony Orchestra, which was formerly the Symphony Orchestra national.

Although an organization supported by a national budget, the orchestra has long been confused with a private institution.

The Korean Symphony Orchestra complained that its activities were limited due to this misconception and began seriously considering the name change in June last year.

“Through this name change, we will strengthen our identity as a national arts organization and contribute to the development of national orchestras,” said Choi Jung-sook, the conductor of the orchestra. orchestra of which the people can be proud.

The new name, National Symphony Orchestra of Korea, will be officially used for the first time at the Regulators’ next concert due on Tuesday.

The Korean Symphony Orchestra was founded by conductor Hong Yeon-taek in 1985.

In 1987, the orchestra was designated as the internal orchestra of the National Theater and began performing with the National Ballet of Korea and the National Opera of Korea. Along with the two national art groups, the orchestra moved to the Seoul Arts Center in 2000, as part of the Ministry of Culture’s efforts to revitalize the cultural complex in southern Seoul.

In 2010, it became a foundation under the Ministry of Culture, which provides more than 70% of the orchestra’s annual budget. Its head is appointed by the Minister of Culture.

By Park Ga-young (gypark@herladcorp.com)

By Park Ga-young (gypark@heraldcorp.com)

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