Pianist is new boss in Seoul

Pianist is new boss in Seoul


norman lebrecht

June 18, 2022

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has appointed pianist Chang Hyoung-joon to be president of the Seoul Arts Center, the country’s largest arts complex.

Chang, 60, has three years to make his mark.

He has been teaching piano at Seoul National University since 1995.

So not a man with impresario flair.

But that’s not how they give the jobs out in Seoul.


  • tet says:

    a ministry of “Culture, Sports and Tourism”

    Go figure.

    What single person, let alone a piano professor, has the experience, much less the expertise, in all three areas?

    Who are famous Athlete-Artist-Travel Agents?

    Semyon Bychkov played professional volleyball for the Leningrad Dynamos, and he has certainly traveled the world over…

    Vanessa Mae skied for Thailand in the 2014 Winter Olympics and placed 67 (alas out of 67) in the Giant Slaloms (who knew Thailand had ski slopes, right?), and she is another globe trotter…

  • David Dreebin says:

    Well done on his appointment.

    Why do you conclude he is “not a man with impressive flair”, just because he’s a pianist/piano teacher?

    Anyway, let’s see how his appointment goes as president of the Seoul Arts Center.