Ambrose & Matilda Music Connection (AMMC, CEO Min-jeong Kim), a Canadian non-profit organization that pursues social sharing through music, said it held a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Korea-Canada diplomatic relations at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Orchid Room on September 9.
More than 140 key Korean and Canadian figures attended the concert, including Canadian Ambassador Tamara Mawhinney, Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, Honorary Consul of the Republic Korea Gerald Chipeur, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace Negotiation Minister Gunn Kim and Honorary Consul of the Republic Bulgaria Ron ( Byeong-gil) Suh. AMMC CEO Min-jeong Kim drew attention by presenting a ‘sign language congratulatory speech’ in the order of congratulatory speech.
The concert was attended by parents of the AMMC Concourse winners, as well as local entrepreneurs, political, educational and artistic figures such as Ambrose Holdings and Husteel Canada.
The event, which began with fluent English by Cha Haeri, the former YTN announcer (CEO of Parasta Entertainment)and then opened with the performance of the winners of the “3rd AMMC Competition in 2023.”
The winners of the competition were △ Yun Jung-won, Nam Yeseo, Cho Yumin, Taewoo Kim(piano) △ Jo Yoonseo, Sowon Kim, Jiyool Park (viola) △ Jung A Kim, Yoo Chaewon, and Won Min (cello), who won the grand prize in this competition, and You Da Yoon (violin) played Paganini Caprice No. 24 to receive an encore request from the audience. You Da Yoon drew applause by performing a wonderful performance with ” Guadagnini Turin 1774,” which he received from the Kumho Cultural Foundation, which sponsored instruments to the late Kwon Hyuk-joo, Clara Jumi Kang, and Kim Bomsori.
Most of the winners of the competition were from the Korea National University of Arts, and the AMMC Canadian team held a meeting with
Dae-jin Kim, president of KNUA and faculty on September 7, two days before the event, to develop the next generation of music in both countries.
Kang-ho Lee, president of KNUA for the gifted, and Seo-young Lee, professor of KNUA, who have the winners of the competition, were selected as the best teacher and received a letter of appreciation from Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, while Da Yoon You’s professor, Kolja Blacher, a violinist from the National University of Music in Berlin, Germany, received the Consul General’s Award in Vancouver.
After the winners’ performance, Youngsu Lee and Donggyun Kim, a flute duo of the Heart Heart Orchestra composed of developmentally disabled people, and a deaf group from Parasta Entertainment (Chanyeon Lee, Hyunjin Park , and Jiseok Kim), who are set to make their debut next year, performed a sign language dance.
The two teams’ invited performances became a place to check the passion, competence, and possibilities of artists who overcame their disabilities.
After the sign language dance, there was a time to introduce Canadian brand ANSCEL’s company. Ansel is a high-end bag brand that has overcome the difficulty of being a “single mom” and started the family business. After the brand introduction, a surprise lottery event was held in which ice wine and others were given prizes.
Meanwhile, an award ceremony was also held at the event for the winners of the International English Speech Contest to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. David Kim(Elementary School affiliated with Ewha Womans University), Ji A Son (J.W Sexsmith Elementary School), and Yejin Jun (Pohang Steel Elementary School) received the Senatorial Award.
In addition, honorary consul general of Bulgaria Ron(Byung-gil) Suh, President of Chopin Society Patrick May, the President of St. Mark College Dr. Gerry Turcotte and the Vancouver daily JoongAng, President Soyoung Kim participated as presenters at the competition.
AMMC CEO Min-jeong Kim said, “This event served as a bridge for AMMC to promote friendship and cultural exchanges between Korea and Canada, marking the 10th anniversary of the Ambrose-Matilda Charity Concert, which has been going on since 2014, next year.” We hope for your expectations and encouragement for the 10th anniversary event, and we ask for your interest in the AM CANADA Music and English Speech Contest, which will be held soon, she said.
“The active efforts and sacrifices of young board members, including AMMC Junghyun Song, Seoyoon Kim, Soyeon Hwang, Youngsik Choi, Hanna Hong, Kyungwon Park and Juyoung Song who teamed up in Canada despite the difficulties of the time difference, led to a successful completion of the event,” she said. “I hope the next-generation of young people will participate in Korea in the future.”
Ambrose & Matilda Music Connection Introduction
Ambrose & Matilda Music Connection (AMMC) is a non-profit organization in Vancouver, Canada, founded in 2021, aimed at social sharing through music. Based on its active activities in Canada, AMMC expanded its music support area to Korea last year, serving as a bridge between Korea and Canada. It holds an annual international music competition to find talent for countries around the world, including Korea, and continues to sponsor and donate to organizations and companies in difficult situations. In addition, we will take the lead in the field of the Inclusive International Music Competition in Korea and contribute to overcoming prejudice and misunderstanding about disability and building an inclusive society through music performances with the disabled and the non-disabled. More information is available on the website.