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Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra

Introduction

Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra is always by your side.

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Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra

Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Korea’s representative orchestras, has led the classical musical field by constantly innovating themselves ever since they were established in 1988. With their strong performances and wide repertoire, they have not only made a name for themselves in Korea but also overseas.

The Orchestra achieved remarkable growth when the 1st permanent conductor, Im Hun-jung, came into position in 1989. Under his charismatic leadership, the Orchestra premiered 20th century pieces such as Schönberg’s and Bartok’s pieces and successfully completed performing all of Brahms’ and Beethoven’s symphonies. The Mahler series, which was held for the first time in Korea from 1999 to 2003, set off a “Mahler syndrome” in the country because of the excellently interpreted songs which superbly recreated Mahler’s musical world. This milestone achievement left its mark in Korean musical history. With the wholehearted support from Korean art experts, in 2005, the Orchestra won the “Korean Nobel Prize,” the Hoam Prize in Art, for the first time as a musical arts organization. The Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra is solidifying its status as Korea’s top orchestra.

On top of this, in 2002, the Orchestra was invited to represent Korea during the 1st Asia Orchestra Week held in Japan. The sympathizing performance was well received by the audience and press, to the point where the Orchestra was invited to perform once more by the Kawasaki Prefecture in 2006. They delivered a touching performance and once again gained international fame. In 2014, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra debuted in Europe, the birthplace of classical music. They received critical acclaim for their high-quality performances in the Musikverein Hall in Vienna, the Smetana Hall in Prague and the Hercules Hall in Munich.

The Orchestra experienced a new turning point in 2015 when the 2nd permanent conductor, Park Young-min assumed the position. With him, the Orchestra started to focus on strengthening their sound and widened their musical spectrum by holding regular concerts and continuously releasing albums (Mahler Symphony No. 6, No. 1, No. 2, No. 9, Sony Classical). In 2016, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra was the only Korean orchestra to be officially invited to the world class, “La Folle Journée Festival,” where they were praised for their excellent musical abilities. In 2019, the Orchestra was invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany’s Korean Culture Center and Bonn Office to play at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. By playing at the France Metz Arsenal Hall under the invitation of the “Metz en scènes,” the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra set the record as being the first Asian orchestra to play in the Hall.

The Orchestra is endeavoring to foster Korean symphonies and spread culture and art throughout society by running a balanced set of programs consisted of experimental regular concerts with a wide repertoire, such as the “Best Classic Series,’ where they introduce the masterpieces of classical music, the “Beethoven Relay Series,” the “Mahler Series,” the “Shostakovich Series,” the “Feast of Wagner Series,” the “R. Strauss Study Series,” and “BPO Opera,” and special concerts for a wide range of audiences such as the “Lecture Concert,” “School Classic,” “A Music Playground for Children,” “Morning Classic Concert,” and “Visiting Concert.” Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra’s permanent classical concert hall (set to finish construction in 2023) is expected to open soon.