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* Date : 2014-04-29

A musician who holds Korea dear to his heart, Michael Hoppé

Michael Hoppé is a Grammy nominated composer and pianist, who's well-known for his lyrical melodies that touch the heart.

After joining the Artists and Repertoire (A&R) Division of PolyGram in 1970, he showed that he had a keen eye for talent, discovering some of the greatest talents who would turn into world-famous musicians such as ABBA, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre. He then quit his job as a record producer and turned into a composer and pianist. He composed music for films and finally launched his debut album "Quiet Storms: Romances for Flute and Harp" in 1988. Those who came across his music immediately fall in love with the beautiful yet heart-wrenching melodies, and he also received numerous accolades from the critics.

Michael Hoppé's music has been used as background music for a number of dramas and radio programs, while many of his albums have been named Best Album of the Year. He even won the AFIM Indie Award Winner and Crossroads Music Award for his 1999 album "Afterglow."

The world-class composer and pianist, who has been holding concerts regularly in Korea since 2002, has built and maintained strong ties with his huge fan base here. As a way to communicate with his Korean fans, he combined Korean children's songs with his own music and even collaborated with the musicians specializing in traditional Korean musical instruments such as gayageum and haegeum. He drew considerable attention in 2005 with the release of "Prayer (for Dokdo)," and even performed the popular folk song, "Arirang," which has been inscribed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List by UNESCO. Michael Hoppé will be joining us on The INNERview to share his philosophy on music and the reason he feels a genuine connection with his Korean fans and to present us with a beautiful live performance.

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