KBS Symphony Orchestra
|KBS Symphony Orchestra|
|Revised Romanization||KBS Gyohyang Akdan|
|McCune–Reischauer||KBS Kyohyang Akdan|
Between 1969 and 1981 it became a state-run organization, changing its name to the National Symphony Orchestra of Korea. In this period, they performed chiefly in the National Theater of Korea. In 1979, they made their first tour overseas, in USA.
From 1981, the orchestra's designation was restored to its former name, and new positions, such as general manager, principal guest conductor and full-time conductor, were established in the organization. Their subsequent overseas tours were in Southeast Asia (1984) and Japan (1985 and 1991). In October 1995, they performed in the UN General Assembly in New York City.
In 2000 and 2002, they performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Seoul and Pyongyang. They also held "goodwill exchange concerts" with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra in 2002.
- Won-Sik Im (1956–1971)
- Yeon-Taek Hong (1971–1981)
- Gyeong-Su Won (1986–1988)
- Othmar Mága (1992–1996)
- Myung-Whun Chung (1999)
- Dmitri Kitayenko (1999–2004)
- Shinik Hahm (2010–2012)
- Yoel Levi (2014–2019)
Principal guest conductors
- Walter Gilesen (1982–1984)
- Moshe Atzmon (1990–1992)
- Vakhtang Jordania (1990–1996)
- Eun-Seong Park (2000–2002)
- Seung Gwak (2004–2006, 2013–)
- Nan-Sae Geum (1981–1992)
- Won-Sik Im (1998–2002)
In 1995, the KBS Symphony Orchestra recorded Alan Hovhaness' Symphonies Nos. 39 and 46 with guitarist Michael Long and conductor Vakhtang Jordania with KOCH International Classics. The recording was nominated for the Grammy Awards and, since then, has become quite famous. The Orchestra has also made numerous recordings with Seoul Records, KBS and other recording companies.
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