Kim Cheol-woong

North Korean pianist in exile in South Korea

Kim Cheol-woong (1974–) is a North Korean pianist who defected to South Korea.


  • When I was in Moscow many people made severe criticisms about North Korea but you feel a more patriotic man when you're abroad. I thought, 'Whatever they say, I will not be concerned, I will do my best, be loyal, and serve my country with my musical ability. I began to realise I would have to sacrifice many things to live as a pianist in North Korea, and I felt disillusioned

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