"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 Keating rips the outdated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
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
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.