Yes, he is a master violinist with impeccable technique; he is known for unconventional presentations of classical music and unusual juxtapositions of classical and postmodern music… but that doesn’t even begin to describe this musical prankster! At 22 Hahn-Bin, from Seoul Korea, is the Dean or Dan Caten of classical music, leading people from their tired, conventional (dreary) perceptions on the genre, down a playful dark road of whimsy and trickery. But… this is a Fashion Blog…. so where’s the fashion????
Ummm Hi! have you ever seen such a vibrant, fashionable violinist? NO! You Haven’t! PS, I love how the swoop of his hair echoes the ribs of the violin.
[quote]”What I choose to wear or how I choose to express myself visually is equally important as the music itself,” he said in a recent interview at Le Pain Quotidien on Grand Street. “Fashion teaches spiritual lessons. It has taught me who I am and showed me what I didn’t know about myself.”[/quote]
In a quote from NY Times: Hahn-Bin said that his use of fashion is part of an attempt to make classical music (“the new underground genre,” he said) relevant to a group of young people who may have been dragged to concerts by their grandparents. He also posts relentlessly on his Web site, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. “He is speaking directly to his generation,” Ms. Margulies said. “This is his world.”
It is remarkable that Hahn-Bin is not simply following a trend, he has given life to a trend…. I guess that makes him a Bona fide “trend setter.” In fact, the notion that he is “trendy” or that his use of fashion is “gimmicky” can be quickly dismissed because of his passion for his art and his troubled past. Music and fashion are both such personal, expressive art forms, it comes as no surprise to see them married in an artist/performer… and frankly, I think it is about time it hit the classical scene.
Recently at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York, this young style icon performed with a total of three costume changes from a kimono: a Karl Lagerfeld-esque tuxedo with an oversize flower pin; an asymmetrical shirt dress with an eye mask made from feathers; and a boxy red blouse with a plunging V-neckline, accessorized with a pair of Jeremy Scott (of course (he’s so cray cray)) sunglasses and thigh-high Rick Owens boots (LOVE).
“Honestly, to get onstage and balance in my shoes is a lifetime achievement in of itself,” Hahn-Bin said. “Dancers have arms to help find their balance, but one of my arms, you see, is doing the most ridiculous things with the violin.”
A sample of one of his more classic performance pieces (Allemande from Bach’s partita #2 ?) at MOMA. C
One last word, to Hahn-Bin: I am eagerly looking forward to meeting you in person and… cannot wait to swap make-up tips!