What Influenced you to become a pianist?
Klara Min: “Music itself – nobody has ever forced me to do anything. My mother is a piano teacher who graduated from Yonsei University with a major in composition so I became familiar with piano sounds as a child and picked it up myself. I enjoyed the sound and wanted to play.”
What is it about Chopin’s works and Polish music that you feel drawn to?
Klara Min: “Chopin is my first love in music. How can one not love Chopin? His music is a perfect rapport of science and emotion. I like Poland and Polish manners. I can’t speak for individuals, but in general, I think that Polish people have charming characters and their history is similar to that of Koreans: We were always invaded by two strong countries next door, nevertheless we kept our pride, but because of the history, there is a certain kind of sadness in our culture. In Korea we call it “Han”, and although it is in a very different manner, I find it in Chopin’s music too.”
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