[LECTURE] 2014 September lecture recital작성일   2014-09-11

Korean Children’s Songs (Dongyo) – Looking for the Root

Lecturer: Park, Jong-Hwa

Pianist and Professor, College of Music, Seoul National University


 This lecture recital will begin with a brief introduction of Dongyo, Korean Children’s Songs. Although classified as a genre for children, they are often conceived and created by adults.  We will take a close look at the intention of creator as determining factor for the identity of each Dongyo. Then, we will discuss the Dongyo as a medium of communication between generations. The first and the strongest aural influence from developing fetus to young child is the voice of mother. These tunes passed down by mothers to children play vital role in the integration of the new members to the society and its culture. We will then explore musical structure of the Dongyo before and after the turn of 20th century and compare the differences.  As with other elements of Korean society, the Dongyo at the turn of 20th century experiences transformation with influx of western culture. We will discuss this phenomenon with perspective to the origins of western music history in Korea. The lecture will conclude with presentation of lecturer’s current project “Dongyo Project” and short performances of several arrangements from the project.


 Jong Hwa Park is a concert pianist and a professor. Park began playing the piano at age four and quickly established his international credentials, making his professional debut when he was nine years old at the Yamaha Hall in Tokyo. Park appeared in renowned concert halls including the Koncertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herculas saal in Munich, and the Palais de Beaux in Belgium. His prolific international career as a pianist allowed him to debut with the some of the world’s highly acclaimed orchestras including the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Park is a passionate advocate of modern music and is a frequent guest at major festivals worldwide. In 2007, he was offered a professorship at Seoul National University in South Korea. Park’s diverse interest in music and international affairs is reflected in both his performance and teaching. Since becoming a faculty member at Seoul National University, he has spearheaded innovative lectures and international festivals. Most recently, Park spearheaded “Chopin-Cometh” international festival, in which he was responsible for organizing a series of festivals, lectures, workshops and performances to celebrate the composer’s bicentennial in 2010. A language enthusiast, Park is a polyglot who is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese. He is conversant in French and Spanish. He is also an avid scuba diver and enjoys adventures in the sea including sailing and underwater photography.





Education room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Date and Time

September 1st, 2014 (Mon)

11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M





Lunch Fee (optional)

10,000 won(Sandwich & drink) if you’d like to have one.

* Reservation for lunch is required.

* Donation receipt can be issued.

* Wire transfer to KEB a/c#631-000503-181 (YÉOL) or at the venue in cash


Contact (Registration required)


T: 02-745-5878

F: 02-736-5878