Music students from Korea worked with those from India to put up a performance here as part of the ‘Dream Project 2015’, which helps aspiring musicians to learn international level music techniques.
A team of students from the The Korean National University of Arts (KNUA) trained music students here for a month, and performed a finale at the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) late on Thursday evening.
Violin, guitar and piano complemented the melodious vocals in English and a few other languages in the presentation.
Horchuilla Langyza, hailing from Manipur and a student of Delhi School of Music earned applause for her solo vocal waltz of ‘II Bacio’ (‘The Kiss’) written by Italian violinist composer and conductor L Arditi.
Langyza, who doesn’t speak or understand Italian, won "the exemplary student prize" for her performance in the vocal category by singing the opera in Italian.
"I have been singing since very early age and have been taking classical music lessons since last year. This is my second year at the KCC. It’s very fun and very helpful. They teach lots of important basic things," says Langyza.
Mohit Kushwani, who played violin on the "Csardas" a 1904 composition by Italian V Monti received special cheers from the crowd for his performance. He also bagged the best student award in the violin category.
Kushwani credits his success to Yedam Moon, a student of KNUA who has been training him for the last 20 days.
"I practiced a lot. Here I learnt lots of things that I hadn’t known before. It was really helpful for me as I have many techniques over here using which difficult pieces can be learnt very easily," he says.
Puiting and Siddharth who sang the ‘Cats‘ song composed by Italian composer G Rossini.
Another student Deep Chatterjee, playing Sonata No 5, a composition of the legendary musician Beethoven on piano, for which he bagged the first prize in the category.
Director of Korean Cultural Centre, Kim Kum-pyoung says, "We started the programme in 2014 to encourage talented young artist who do not have access to adept trainers. Every year we invite 6 to 7 world top class artists studying in the KNUA."
"A pianist from the KNUA will shortly join us and stay here for six months to teach the teachers of the school and some bright students," he says.
The KCC, says its director, also plans to give students more opportunities to perform at bigger platforms in future.