Creative Mind Of Korea: Kayageum virtuoso TeRra Han
*TeRra Han, Music Prodigy
TeRra Han started studying Korean traditional music at the age of 6 and already mastered all gayageum-accompanied solo pieces in her teens. She was the first gayageum player to be named as the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council’s Blanchette Rockefeller Fund and she also became the youngest gayageum artist to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York last year. Her years in New York provided her with a turning point she was looking for. She was fortunate enough to get acquainted with the masters of experimental and avant-garde music. Since then, she has been collaborating with foreign musicians and playing American pop songs or European classics with the gayageum to publicize this wonderful string instrument of Korea. Determined to show the fundamental beauty of the gayageum, TeRra Han chose “Boheosa” and “Yeomillak” for her gayageum solo albums released in 2015. It’s already been 30 years since TeRra Han started studying the gayageum and Korean traditional music. After having survived the emotionally tumultuous years in her teens and 20s, she finally found the essence of classical gayageum music in her 30s and is trying to develop a way to make the best gayageum sound.
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