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* Date : 2015-03-17

The brilliant and courageous pianist KIM Cheol-woong

KIM Cheol-woong, born to a high-ranking member of the ruling party, enjoyed a life of privilege that is exclusive to the top 1% of the North Korean society. When he was just 7, he was accepted into the Pyongyang Music and Dance Institute, despite the high competition ratio of 1:670, and received specialized piano education there for 14 years. Then, he went to Russia to continue his education and became well-versed in various styles of music.

After returning to his home country, he fell in love with a childhood friend, and was planning to woo her with Richard Clayderman's "A Comme Amour," a song that has been banned in North Korea. He was reported to the authorities and he was forced to write a letter of remorse. This event came as a complete shock to him as he had never been bound by any restrictions and believed that he was capable of anything. For 3 days, he neither ate nor slept, and he became resolved to give up his privileged life and defect from North Korea.

He did not tell anyone about his plan, not even his parents. After crossing the border, he struggled to survive, while barely making a living by doing manual labor. He was caught twice during his attempt to seek asylum in South Korea and was nearly repatriated to the isolated country.

Fortunately, his flight for freedom as a human being and musician was not in vain and he stepped on South Korean soil a year after crossing the border. Now, he is performing in front of global audiences, nurturing young talent at universities and raising awareness of the human rights, or lack thereof, in North Korea.
Tune into The INNERview this week to meet the brilliant and courageous pianist KIM Cheol-woong and hear his story!

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146 2015-03-10 Cha Hong, sharing self-hairstyling tips and tricks Ep148 V
145 2015-03-03 Ahn Jae-wook, a 20-year veteran actor - who led the first wave of the K-drama craze Ep147 V
144 2015-02-24 Hwang Byeong-joon, a recording engineer who became the first Grammy winner in Korea Ep145 V
143 2015-02-17 Kim Seung-won, the first international makeup artist from Asia Ep142 V
142 2015-02-10 Jang Seung-hyo, combining fragments of images into works of art Ep140 V
141 2015-02-03 KANG Byung-in, a calligrapher bringing attention to the beauty of hangeul Ep136 V
140 2015-01-27 LEE Jun-ho, a top-notch photographer who introduced 'motion posters' Ep133 V
139 2015-01-20 Clara-Jumi KANG, a promising young violinist Ep131 V
138 2015-01-13 The idol star-turned-CEO, Kim Tae-woo Ep128 V
137 2015-01-06 Top celebrity photographer, ZO Sun-hi Ep126
136 2014-12-16 Han Myung-ok, an artistic director of the National Gugak Center Ep146 V
135 2014-12-02 Kim Min-kyoung, the first colorist in Korea Ep144 V
134 2014-11-25 Kim Ha-jun, the No. 1 sand artist in Korea Ep143 V
133 2014-10-28 Kim Hai-yung, a humanitarian aid worker #139 V
132 2014-10-21 Yoo Ji-sung, the first adventure runner in Korea #138 V
131 2014-10-14 Lee Don-tae, the President of the London-based design consulting firm Tangerine #137 V
130 2014-09-30 Peter BARTHOLOMEW, the blue-eyed guardian of hanok #135 V
129 2014-09-23 Catherine CHEVILLOT, the Director of Musée Rodin #134 V
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