The 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Turkey was celebrated with a concert by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on June 4 accompanied by Korean violin virtuoso Bomsori Kim.
Speaking ahead of the concert, Korean Ambassador to Ankara Lee Won Ik said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1957, Korea and Turkey have made great progress as excellent partners in various fields such as politics, economy, culture and defence.
Stressing that the historical ties between the two countries and the two nations go back thousands of years, not just 65 years, the Ambassador said, “Korea and Turkey have a special relationship as neighbors, brothers of blood and friends. We invite those who work behind the curtain to our concert today for the friendly relations between the two countries.
Kim, who won second prize in the ARD Munich International Music Competition in 2013 and the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2016, as well as first prize in the Juilliard Music School Concerto Competition in 2017, took the stage with the violin concerto produced by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini in 1774 in the first half of the concert.
In the first half of the concert, Kim presented herself to art lovers with her competition piece Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto, for which she received the Sendai Special Audience Award.
The Capital Culture Route Festival will host 560 events involving 5,971 artists, 179 scholars and historians.