“If anyone needs help making a choir, I would be more than happy to go and support them.”
Before gaining reputation as a world-class conductor, Maestro Hakwon Yoon was a youth who was passionate towards the world of choral music. The reason Maestro Yoon has been praised as a legendary figure in Korean choral music is that he is the one who popularized choral music, which was considered as an exclusive property of certain social class, to make a national choir boom to occur, being a significant figure in Korean choral music history on this account.
Graduating from Yonsei University College of Music as a composition major, completing graduate school in University of Massachusetts in Lowell, acquiring honorary doctorate degrees in Midwest University and Shepherd University, Maestro Yoon started his career as a conductor in 1970 when he conducted the World Vision Children’s Choir. Through several choirs such as Daewoo Choir, Seoul Ladies’ Singers and Incheon City Chorale, Maestro Yoon has been closing the gap between Korean and global choral music, spreading the greatness of Korean choral music not limited to Asia but throughout the whole world. While Maestro Yoon tried to expand the influence of Korean music out to the world, he also nurtured the inward culture of Korean choral music by discovering many new young Korean composers and producing creative music pieces to “Koreanize” the choral music.
Conductor Hakwon Yoon is also a pioneer who challenges on new things. He was invited to be the second Asian conductor of World Youth Choir presented by the International Federation for Choral Music in July to August 2008, and shocked the world by performing at the American Choral Directors Association Convention in March 2009 with Incheon City Chorale. The Chorale was invited at Saint-Lo-France in October 2010, enabling the world to recognize the greatness of Korean choral music once again.
Just like the two sides of a coin, Maestro Yoon’s music shows both breathtaking tension and a Korean sense of humor. It is never wrong to make a judgement that he has an ingenious sense in music that makes him able to perform various chords so sensitively and the music itself so delicate. Rather than seeking for a perfect music performance, Maestro Yoon has been communicating with the audience, being the frontrunner of visual choral performance and the role model for the Korean choral music.
Maestro Yoon has been the Chairman of the Board for Korean Federation for Choral Music, President of KCMA, permanent conductor of Daewoo Choir, Director of IFCM, Dean of College of Music in Chung-Ang University, conductor of Young-Nak Church Zion Choir, Art Director and Main Director of World Vision Children’s Choir. Now he is the honorary professor of Chung-Ang University, conductor of Seoul Ja-Yang Church’s Zion Choir, Art Director of Seoul Ladies’ Singers, conductor and Art Director of Far East Broadcasting Company Yoon Hak Won Chorale, Director of Korean Choral Conductors’ Academy, Judge for World Choir Games, and the conductor and Art Director of Incheon City Chorale.