On Tuesday, Dec. 15, a classical concert titled Music and Life of Carl Nielsen – 150 Years, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the world-renowned Danish classical music composer and composer Carl August Nielsen (June 9, 1865 – Oct. 3, 1931) was held at the Seoul National University Museum of Art (MoA).
Carl Nielsen, considered to be one of the biggest Nordic musical talents of his time, is treasured by the Danes, even once being featured on the 100 Danish Kroner bank note. Some of his most beloved works include the opera “Masquerade” and the symphony “The Inextinguishable”.
The concert was co-hosted by the Embassy of Denmark in Korea and Jabra, a Danish communication company with a tradition of excellence spanning over 140 years. Danish Ambassador Thomas Lehmann, the Director of MoA Kim Seong-heui, and Vice President Jonathan Tang of APAC Consumer Solutions at Jabra were joined by more than 150 guests.
Ambassador Lehmann greeted the guests with an opening ceremony, saying that he is “proud to share this celebration” with the guests as part of the global celebrations of concerts, exhibitions, recordings, book publications, and more taking place all over the world in 2015.
Vice President Jonathan Tang highlighted the pioneering spirit of Nielsen’s communication, “a spirit that continues to inspire Jabra and the work we do.”
Director Kim Seong-heui mentioned the 2007 visit to the museum by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark during the Temperance and Opulence exhibition, and added, “I hope that through our artistic cultural exchange, Korea and Denmark can increase our mutual understanding and awareness of each other’s strengths in our culture, leading to a deeper and increased exchange.”
The Danish-Korean Trio con Brio Copenhagen visited Korea for this concert and touched the audiences’ hearts with their interpretation of Carl Nielsen’s music, playing pieces such as the Fantasy piece Op. 2 for cello and piano. The trio was founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria, consisting of the two Korean sisters Hong Soo-jin on violin and Hong Soo-kyung on the cello, with Dane Jens Elvekjaer (husband to Soo-kyung) on the piano. The trio was awarded one of Denmark’s most prestigious music awards, the “P2 Artist Award.”