History & Mission

Mission Statement

To make a cultural and social contribution by enriching and expanding audience's lives through the beauty of music. To act as a cultural ambassador by performing concerts of the highest artistic level to diverse communities around the globe. To foster, nurture, develop, and educate the next generation of musicians to ensure the continued enrichment of our society through classical music.

Founding History

Twenty years ago, Hyo Kang, a widely respected and accomplished violin professor at the Juilliard School and Yale University, invited eleven individually distinguished young musicians from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States to form Sejong Soloists. Professor Kang envisioned a musical group of "young cultural ambassadors", who could demonstrate the fruits of collaboration as a conductor-less string orchestra.

Since 1994, Sejong Soloists has shared its talents with audiences in over 100 cities across four continents, through live performances, television and radio broadcasts, youth development activities and other philanthropic endeavors. As featured in several film documentaries, the group's performances include over 500 concerts, seven highly acclaimed albums, and premieres of eight original musical works.

Through these activities Sejong Soloists fulfills its mission of nurturing and developing the next generation of musical talent by providing performance and career advancement opportunities and organizing rare instrument loans. The majority of Sejong's alumni have achieved international careers or leadership roles with some of the world's greatest musical institutions; eight artists from Sejong's ranks have assumed concertmaster positions with North American orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Montreal Symphony.

Sejong operates as a non-profit arts organization through its administrative offices in New York and Seoul.