Formerly known as the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Korean National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1985 as the first private orchestra in the nation. In 2001, the orchestra was designated as an affiliated organization by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, establishing itself as the prominent theater orchestra, embracing orchestral music, ballet and opera under its belt. With the wide array of repertoire and independent musical core, the orchestra seeks to transition into a new platform for the musicians of the next generation be renewing itself as the Korean National Symphony Orchestra in 2022, and to undertake its responsibility in the history of symphonic music in Korea.
The Korean National Symphony Orchestra endeavors to fulfill the public’s desire for cultural enjoyment through more than a hundred concerts per year and expands the base of classical music by crossing boundaries between film, gaming and online concerts. It became the first orchestra in the country to have advanced to the OTT (Over-the-Top) service platform and a high-quality archiving project based on 4K resolution video production technology and three-dimensional, multi-faceted acoustic recording technology, pioneering a new listening culture that goes hand in hand with a new media era.
The Korean National Symphony Orchestra is taking the lead in fostering future generations of performers, composers, and conductors, the three pillars of any orchestra. The ‘Korean National Symphony International Orchestra Academy’ educates and nurtures professional orchestral musicians, the ‘Composers’ Atelier’ fosters a new generation of composers, and the ‘KNSO International Conducting Competition’ seeks to find a new generation of conductors among worldwide candidates. The Korean National Symphony Orchestra dreams of a sustainable future for classical music by supporting a variety of projects that foster the growth and development of the next generation.