101 East

South Korea’s Musical Prodigies

We meet South Korea’s youngest classical music prodigies and find out what it takes to succeed on the international stage.

The sounds of classical instruments and the voices of impatient teachers resonate through South Korean music schools. The country has become a breeding ground for young performers making their mark on the world stage.

South Koreans have won lots of recent international classical music competitions. But behind these success stories are childhoods crammed with endless hours of practice, with some starting lessons at just two years of age.

101 East goes backstage to meet South Korea’s musical prodigies and find out the secrets to their success.