Hello! Thank you for visiting my website. I'm Duk-Kyung, or DK as my friends like to call me.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. My family was Roman Catholic, and I had dad, mom, a younger brother, a paternal grandmother and her mother who in relation is my great-grand mother, all living in the same house. I started playing the piano at the age of 4. I had many dreams as a child, for example, to become a novelist or a cartoonist. There were 2 books which I could read and read again, and never get bored - Robinson Crusoe, and The Little Baby Dinosaur Dooly (꼬마공룡 둘리). People in Sweden often ask me about "Gangnam Style". Yes, I am from Gangnam!
When I was 14, my family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. There I met a German piano teacher whose love for Bach left me a strong impression. Then there was Glenn Gould. Glenn Gould and Johann Sebastian Bach were my idols throughout my teenage years (14 to 22), and it took a while for me to get out of it! It was the fugue which I was obsessed with. I was deeply religious back then and said daily rosaries. Fugue as a form and as written by Bach, resembled my daily rosaries. I never fitted in with other teenage girls, especially after we moved to Canada, and I took refuge in J.S.Bach, The Well-Tempered Klavier, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, Goldberg Variations, and Glenn Gould. This is also when I started making monthly bus trips to the Vancouver Public Library in downtown Vancouver to borrow books - anything, everything written by Arnold Schoenberg, Schenker, Hindemith and Charles Rosen. I started writing music too - many attempts at fugues, typical young passsionate Romantic pieces in the style of Rachmaninoff or Schumann, dabbling in Schoenberg's serial-technique, for example. I was a lonely teenager, but I wasn't bored.
I went to McGill University, Montreal. I studied composition with Brian Cherney, John Rea, Jean Lesage, and piano with Marina Mdivani. Absolutely fantastic years in terms of growth and maturity both as a musician and a human-being. At this time, I met my future husband too.
I studied conducting with Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal. Another greatest influence was Veronique Lacroix. Both of them taught me how to study scores and thus, what and how to conduct.
My husband and I moved to Great Britain, and I studied conducting further at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, or Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as it is called nowadays. During this period, I was extremely depressed. I survived it with selfless love and faith from my dear husband.
Soon after the birth of my son, we moved to my husband's native Sweden. We now live in a nice blue house in a small town called Heby where I can study scores and play my steinway grand piano.
I have special love for instrumental music, especially that of Schumann, Bruckner and Beethoven. I also believe in promoting new music by living composers.
My hobbies are crochet, baking cakes and pies, up-cycling, and watching documentaries.
It is a miracle that I created this website as I am notoriously hopeless with this sort of things. It is also another miracle indeed that I have decided to come out of my own shell as I am intensely a private person.
Thank you dear God for everything.