Film music director Shim Hyun-jung, bringing harmony between film and music
The theme song for Mi-do in director Park Chan-wook's movie, 'Old Boy,' is still a beloved song even to this day. Film music director Shim Hyun-jung was honored with the Best Music Award at the Korea Film Awards for 'Old Boy' as well as for 'The Man from Nowhere.' In the beginning of last year, she gave a shot at a different genre and touched the hearts of the documentary series called 'The Tear Series.'
Shim Hyun-jung is known for her ability to bring life to each scene with her music that blends beautifully with the story and imagery. After taking up the piano as a hobby at the age of 5, she developed great passion for music, which she has pursued ever since. She even learned the pipe organ after one was donated to the church she attended. At the time, the pipe organ was quite rare and it was more difficult to play than the regular piano. She spent hours at the church during her teenage years to master the pipe organ in order to major in the field; unfortunately, she became devastated when she was not accepted into the universities she applied to. However, instead of dwelling on it, she decided to go into Music Composition instead after discovering that she had the perfect pitch. After graduating from university, she immediately packed up her bags to study abroad and was admitted to New York University, where she acquired her Master's degree. Upon returning to her homeland, she got a chance to enter the film industry as a music director and worked ceaselessly to gain recognition from the film-makers.
Shim Hyun-jung is referred to as a "magician who tugs at people's heartstrings" with her music. She has shown her outstanding ability to portray various characters with melodies and rhythms and add more details to the stories that simply cannot be communicated through dialogues and imageries.
In addition to being an active participant in the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival, Shim Hyun-jung is focusing her efforts to act as a mentor to students studying film music and is gaining fame as a film music director worldwide. Learn about the life story of one of the top film music directors in Korea, Shim Hyun-jung, on The INNERview.