A person who broke the prejudices from local universities and orientals, the meaning of the new government and the spirit of the times

Yeon Gwang-cheol, a vocalist taking a commemorative photo at his alma mater, Cheongju University in November of last year (Photo courtesy of Cheongju University)
Yeon Gwang-cheol, a vocalist taking a commemorative photo at his alma mater, Cheongju University in November of last year (Photo courtesy of Cheongju University)

Yeon Gwang-cheol (57), a singer who graduated from Cheongju University, sang the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony of President Yoon Seok-yeol in the front yard of the National Assembly on the morning of the 10th.

Yeon Gwang-cheol sang the national anthem with the rainbow choir, made up of multicultural children, at the inauguration ceremony of the 20th president on the same day.

Yeon Gwang-cheol is a graduate of a non-Seoul National University or a provincial university in Korea, and a person who broke the prejudice of being an Asian in the world.

Having stood out from his days at Cheongju University, he left with only $700 to study at Sofia University of Music in Bulgaria in 1990, and then entered the Berlin State University of Music in 1992. After graduating, he joined the Berlin State Opera in 1994 and entered his career as a vocalist.

Gwangcheol Yeon is the world's best bassist who breaks the prejudice of being Asian in a difficult environment and is routinely invited to the stage of dreams of opera singers such as New York Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris National Opera, Munich Bavarian State Opera, Milan La Scala, London Covent Garden, etc. .

In 2018, he also received the title of 'Kammerzang' (court singer), the highest honor for a German-speaking vocalist, from the Berlin State Opera.

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