A young Korean pianist who leads the Korean classical music, Mun Ji Young 피아니스트 문지영

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Here is the most anticipated Korean musician who leads the Korean classical music. In fact, she won 2012 Received Korea’s promising future leaders award. And, 2012, 3 she entered Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, also, she on Etlingen International Competition for Young Pianists 1st Prize, Germany in August 2012. CultureM Magazine meets a young pianist Mun Ji Young who leads the Korean classical music.

Q: What is it about music that moves audiences’ hearts?
A: I realized that I wanted to be a pianist…when I heard Glenn Gould. I was just so touched by how the music sublimes one’s spirit. I have been living my life thinking that one day I will become such a pianist. Music that captures everyday lives and everyone’s characters is truly a real inspiration.

Q: A pianist or mentor you look up to?
A: I enjoy Glenn Gould most of the time. Emil Gilels’ music makes me think a lot. The way he interprets the music was a very helpful resource for me. Nikolai Lugansky as well. I guess I like Russian musicians.

Q: Your attitude on being a Pianist…
A: My ideal pianist is not someone who is glamorous or talented with techniques but someone who plays spiritually and deeply. Also now I am more interested in modern music which I can reflect myself on better

Ji-Young Mun, who used to practice playing on a paper piano she drew when she was 6. And she won the Etlingen International Competition for Young Pianists when she truned 17 years old last year in 2012. To her, being financially underprivileged was not a barricade to her dream.


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