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German Envoy Honors Local Musicians with Prestigious "German Order"
Shin Soo-Jung, Bahk Heung-U Recognized by Mr. Seidt
Pianist Shin Soo-Jung (center) poses with German Amb. Hans-Ulrich Seidt (left), ex-Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo (2nd from right), and Madam Han, and with Bahk Heung-U.

On behalf of German President Christian Wulff, German Ambassador to Seoul Hans-Ulrich Seidt bestowed "Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany" upon a local musician — senior pianist Shin Soo-Jung (申秀貞) at Mozart Concert Hall in Seoul's Seocho-dong. on Dec. 30, 2011.

Another musician baritone Bahk Heung-U
was awarded by the German envoy "Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany."

In a ceremony held at 7:30 p.m. on the day immediately after a concert by the two musicians the German envoy congratulated them on their honor of receiving such a prestigious German order.

Pianist Shin Soo-Jung

The 69-year-old former dean of Seoul National University's College of Music and the mid-career baritone musician were recognized by the German government for promoting German music to the local Korean people.

Prof. Shin is currently a member of the National Academy of Arts and Bahk is teaches at Sungkyul University.

Both musicians have been promoting such German songs as "Winterreise," "Gute Nacht," "Die Wetterfahne," "Die Post," and "Der Leiermann" at concerts for the Korean people.

The Order of Merit

Established on Sept. 7, 1953, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany represents one of the highest distinctions that the Federal Republic of Germany bestows upon any private individual, whether German or foreign.

This accolade is awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding achievements in political, economical, cultural, intellectual, and volunteering fields.

For details or inquiries please contact the German Embassy in Seoul at 748-4114 or leave Mr. Phil-Young Doe, press officer, an email at






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