* Date : 2017-02-06
Tongyeong in 2017 as the UNESCO Creative City of Music
An interview with Florian Riem, CEO of Tongyeong International Music Foundation
On this edition of The INNERview, we meet with Florian Riem, the CEO of Tongyeong International Music Foundation, and learn about his love for the port city of Tongyeong.
Tongyeong was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2015, and is a music city with an infinite potential.
Florian Riem decided to be active in Tongyeong as it's the hometown of internationally acclaimed composer Yun I-sang. In addition, he could sense Tongyeong's potential to become an international music city.
He began his career as a cellist and was a general manager for musicians and orchestras for 15 years. He experienced a lot of hardship when he made the switch to a manager because he did not have any basis as a manager.
He was a manager for Germany's Kremerata Balitica Chamber, as well as the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. He was also the managing director of Germany's Bodenseefestival and the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra of Constance.
This year marks the centennial anniversary of Yun I-sang's birth. He is the first Korean composer to be in the center of the international classical music. Florian Riem plays an important role in shedding light to Yun I-sang's music.
The Tongyeong International Music Festival takes place for 10 days from March 31st to April 9th, and the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra is preparing to hold a world tour with stops in cities in Germany, Austria and other European countries. In addition, performances by pianist Cho Seong-jin and other internationally renowned musicians are in the works to be held at the Tongyeong International Concert Hall.
On this edition of The INNERview, we shed light on Florian Riem's passion and love for Tongyeong and its musicality.