The German Embassy in Seoul and The Korea Herald co-hosted a cultural event featuring members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Korean musicians Thursday, fostering cultural exchange and strengthening diplomatic ties through music.
Delivering remarks at the event, German Ambassador to Korea Georg Schmidt highlighted the significance of music as a bridge connecting the hearts of Korea and Germany.
"Music is one of the many links between our two countries and certainly one of the most joyful,” said Schmidt.
"I am particularly delighted to host such a diverse program ranging from Korean pansori to classical German opera singing and even contemporary guitar music."
“It is a special honor to have five members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the overture," said Schmidt.
Choi Jin-young, CEO of The Korea Herald, responded that Germany and South Korea share much in common, including miraculous development along the Han and Rhine rivers. Such similar histories of the two countries serve as an inspiring example of development and aspiration for many, he said.
"Music would further elevate people-to-people ties in Korean-German relations," he added.
The reception for cultural exchange was held at the German ambassador's residence in Seoul, featuring cellist Kim Hyo-jung, gayageum performer and singer Jun Hye-ok, guitarist Jang Ha-eun, soprano Lee Han-na and tenor Ha Man-taek.
The event also invited five former and current members of the Berlin Philharmonic as special guests -- Wenzel Fuchs on clarinet, Stefan Schweigert on bassoon, Andreas Blau on flute, Andrej Zust on horn and Christoph Hartmann on oboe -- who gave a surprise performance for the audience.
The five German artists have been on tour in major South Korean cities with their program, titled, "Heart of Berlin."
The event was attended by academics, representatives from non-governmental organizations and CEOs from various companies.