Apart from River Flows in You he has also composed Kiss the Rain, as well as May Be (iTunes). He started playing the piano when he was only five years old and then migrated to London when he was only eleven so that he could be able to study at the Purcell School of Music. He was a citizen of both Britain and South Korea up to 2006 when he had to give up his British citizenship so that he could be able to serve in South Korean Navy. The composer, whose real name is Lee Ru-ma, took part in the album The Musicians of Purcell in 1996 and he graduated from the school of music in mid-1997 after which he did not relent on his music aspirations and finished a composition major at the King’s College in London in mid-2000.
When he was, still a student at the college, the composer and pianist released his inaugural album that was titled Love Scene through the DECCA records and he also participated in a musical tour of Europe when he was still a student at the college.
His invitation to perform at the 2002 MIDEM in Cannes, Frances made significant historical impact for his country, as he was the first artist of Korean descent that has ever been invited to such an event. His albums were mainly released in Europe and Asia earlier in his career but they have been able to achieve a global market through a variety of online sources that include Amazon, iTunes as well as his own recording label that is called STOMP Records. Musical style The musical style that is associated with the artist is not easily classified and has a similarity with the classical music that is normally featured in film scores as well as television dramas.
Since the music that is associated with him is popular among the people who may not be familiar with classical music, the instrumentation that done by the using solo piano and the propensity that it develops towards movement often elicits the title such as ‘new classical’ and sometimes ‘contemporary classical’ from various quarters. On the other hand, even though the composition studies that he undertook would have entailed the classics, the framework that is associated with his pieces do not exhibit these forms and this has led to the classification of his music as being vaguely popular.
This classification has been demonstrated by the inclusion of his most successful piece River Flows in You in to a compilation of wedding pieces that was titled Wedding Essential: The Ceremony. He has been classified as an artist that is associated with world music or as a new age artist by iTunes and Amazon (Amazon. com).
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