"It is a sound that expressed without the full emotion." Kim Kyung-eun, the senior student at the College of National Classical Music of Hanyang University (HYU), had won a prize at the seventh Jung-Ga Gyungchang Competition. As the master of Jung-Ga, she describes it as the combination of two different sounds of man and woman, which is led by slow flow of breath. She also added that because of the slow characteristic of this song, it is needed for contemporaries.
Besides the fact that she was awarded a great prize, there are several other things about her. It is how she started and learned music and how she became a professional enrollee. First, her mother was also a singer of national classical music. She said, "Even though my mother and I are in different genre, we have the same spirit to the national classical music." She have learned the basics of the traditional music from her mother, and later on, she got lessons from Byun Jin-sim, the 30th intangible cultural assets of Korea. She showed great respect to her teacher Byun and said, "My teacher was not only the teacher of the national classical music, but also my life. She had taught me not only the great skills, but also how to combinate my music with my life." When asked about how she won the contest, other than the lessons, she had stressed that the steady effort is a great help for her success in many contests. She also said that, "My mother used to tell me that it is very important to know how to manage one's body, mind, and spirit as well as the music. It means that it is important to go well along with everything around oneself and let the music stand in the right center of all this. All these were great help to me."
Another thing is that she is an enrollee. She entered school in late ages. However, her reaction to the question about the late entrance was, "Who cares about the age of studying?" Also, even without the college education, she was a professional musician and had been doing many volunteer works with her skill. However, as the time passed by and as she realized the reality facing her; how formal education is required inspite of one's great talent or skill, she felt the need of more professional study and the desire to perfect her skill.
Kim is also very respectable for her use of talent. From the time before she had entered Hanyang University, she had been doing volunteer works with her mother. She still does voluntarily concerts for the minorities of the society and hopes that the positive atmosphere formed by the music would help them. Even with her hard works for perfection of her music, she said that she will continue the volunteer works.
Music meant a lot to her. She said, "When I feel the wave of each tone, it makes my tremble all over. This is how I feel about my music." She also assured her future by saying, "As a student of Hanyang University, and as a member of the College of National Classical Music, I will try my best to impove and perfect myself later on."