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Reconciliation through music

Hyung Joon Won

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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

“Peace is harmony. When different sounds and instruments are able to make beautiful sound we can feel peace.”

South Korean violinist and peace activist Hyung Joon Won gave a moving performance and afterwards spoke about the power of music to heal and create harmony. Hyung Joon Won went on to express his efforts to reconcile differences between North and South Korea through the power of music.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Hyung Joon Won

South Korean violinist

Hyung is a South Korean violinist trained at the Juilliard School. In 1990, he performed at the World Economic Forum which celebrated the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany. This inspired him to think of music as a medium of reconciliation. In 2009, with the hope of creating a joint North and South Korea orchestra, he founded the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra. Since 2009, he is planning to hold a joint orchestra concert between the Koreas. Hyung believes that eventually, his dreams will come true. His relentless efforts towards making his dream a reality is captured in the documentary film named “9 at 38,” soon to be released.