TaeJung Lee

This week we catch up with the talented South-Korean conductor TaeJung Lee!

We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?

Blue! To me, it means a kind of freedom, or liberation.

What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?

Probably that you can learn many things from tradition, teachers and other musicians, etc. however, this cannot be everything. You must always find something more, by yourself.

How has your practice changed with time?

Almost every moment, when studying scores, I feel that I always need more time; I try to read all the available literature and also, watch the documentary films on the music which I conduct, ‘cause I realize that there are no limits to knowing enough about the music and composers.

What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?

Not only the excellent musicality and undeniable talent, but also, especially, nowadays, proper self-promotion and contact with the right management.

Personally, I always hope that during my concert the audience will discover some totally new feeling which they have never experienced in their life. I strongly believe that making music cannot be just like a music box.

How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?

Everyday is different and I also use Linkedin.

TaeJung, what are you currently working on?

Studying scores for the next concerts and meeting people and discussing about upcoming projects.

Tell us more about your passion for contemporary music...

For me, performing contemporary music is like finding undiscovered lands. Actually it is quite hard work and, frankly, I’ve always asked myself, ‘what am I doing now and why should I perform such complicated music,’ etc., however, working together with “living composers” gets me so excited and interestingly enough, after concert, I’m already eager for conducting new contemporary music, again.

Where is your favourite place to have coffee?

In Vienna, there is a lovely place for coffee, “Caffecouture” at Palais Ferstel Passage.

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Author: Nina Lucas HELLO STAGE
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