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승인 2006.05.01  00:00:00
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"KEEP RIPPING, gentlemen. This is a battle, a war and the casualties could be your hearts and souls" (Dead Poets Society). Mr. Keating rips the outdated tradition from the text and the minds of the students. Yoo De-jan ('88, Dept. of Inst. Music) is a cellist who tears out old concepts from classical music and replaces them with life's stories through "Living Classic."

  Annals: I heard that you joined "Living Classic," a unique classical music concert. Would you tell us more?

  Yoo: "Living Classic" is held every season, I play the cello. Mainly, we aim to make the audience feel comfortable and free while listening to the music. People in this rapidly changing society could be calmed through listening to classical music and the sweet love story from Kim Tae-woo, a famous actor. Many Koreans consider themselves lacking in knowledge of classical music, but that is a prejudice. Just knowing of Bach or Mozart is enough to enjoy their music.

  What has your experience in music been so far?

  First of all, I took part in recording when I was a student because my brother wrote songs for singers like Yoo Yeol. While it was interesting I wanted to see the audience. Also, after returning to Korea from Europe, I got a job with an orchestra. In that huge organization, however, I recognized that I did not want to play music with any restrictions. Chamber music is the most comfortable genre for me.

  Why did you choose chamber music rather than being a solo artist?

  Chamber music involves a small team. It is different from an orchestra in which hundreds of performers overwhelm the audience. I am disappointed that Korean music education concentrates too much on making soloists like Chang Han-na. The ability to work together is an important virtue for everyone. I learned that idea from the dongarhee, Yonsei Chamber. I took part in it as a cellist. My experience led me to the world of chamber music. I think that it was not my choice, but chamber music chose me.

  Who influences your music? Do you have any role models?

  When I was a sophomore, I had a chance to hear a recording of Anner Bylsma, my favorite musician who plays only Baroque-style cello. I was shocked how he played Bach's Baroque music with an 18th century feel. While just appreciating the melody, I can feel the uniqueness of the Baroque era. From that time, I fell in love with history and classical music. I decided to play classical music while abroad.

  What will you do in Korea? Do you have any plan to expose the public to more classical music?

  Actually, it is hard to make the public familiar with classical music. My goal is to spread classical music to a wider audience in order for them experience the performance. Besides, classical music has a major role in modern society because of rapid industrialization. Culture is the way to overcome the matter of nihilism as well as identity that are widespread in this era. Because my job is related to cultural aspects, I feel responsible.

  Any advice you would like to give Yonseians?

  When I recall my student life, I did not do the things that are only allowed in my twenties. Do everything that you can do at the appropriate age. Do your best in whatever position you are in.

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