Breaking: Korea shuts down all concerts

Breaking: Korea shuts down all concerts


norman lebrecht

February 05, 2020

We hear from agents that all concerts in South Korea have been cancelled for the rest of February.

It’s the coronavirus.



  • Very sad for a country who realy like classical music and has so many talented artists

  • James C says:

    This is not correct. While many agents have cancelled their concerts and certain cities like Daegu have postponed performances to the autumn, there is no directive from the government and halls have not officially been shut. Seoul Arts Center remains open; SPO is about to hold the inaugural concert of their new MD next week, and many other performances are going on as planned. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but as of today, this is simply not true.
    The photograph with Myun-Whun Chung is from before the outbreak and has nothing to do with this news.

    • Since the horrible and unfair misadventure he was the victim in his own country, few years ago, with the falses acusations, I don’t think he’s playing a lot of concert in Korea….

  • xxprosxx says:

    that is not true

  • sue says:

    Hello Mr. Lebrecht, it seems to me that you need to define by meaning “ALL” as there are more concerts happening than being cancelled in Korea now. And I don’t see how the photo you used is relevant to your article.

  • abhi says:

    very sad ☹☹

  • Hyunjung Park says:

    In your dreams Norman. Did Arnold C. Nielsen, the fake European with long-time professional expertise in the field of international classical music business, said so?

  • Cello4ever says:

    Which agent has told you so??

  • Thanks for the update!