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Violinist Kim Ji-sun first blind student to be accepted into Manhattan School of Music Updated: 2020-08-12 17:03:39 KST

An orchestra is playing, but there's no musical score, and there's no conductor.
Hanbit Performing Arts, Korea's only orchestra with members who cannot see, performed a concert titled 'Music in the Dark' to deliver hope for people amid COVID-19 and the long monsoon rains.
The phrase 'Music in the Dark' best describes how the performers fill the stage with music, as they need to memorize the entire musical score, not being able to see anything.
One of the performers was the violinist Kim Ji-sun, who recently became the first blind student to be accepted into the Manhattan School of Music.
But she had to go through hard times to reach this point.

"Since I cannot see, it was hard for me to correct my posture. Posture is very important when playing the violin because the sound changes along with it, and since I cannot see myself through mirror, it took long time for me to have it right. It still feels like a difficult task for me."

Whenever she had hard times, she says she thought of the well-known violinist Itzhak Perlman, who contracted polio at an early age and plays violin in a wheelchair.

"Itzhak Perlman also has disabilities, but when hearing his music, he is just a virtuoso violinist. I was very touched by him, and I also want to become an artist without having the word 'blind' in front of my name."

Delighted by the thought that she would be able to polish her skills while learning from well-recognized artists, she says she will become a violinist who heals others' minds and gives hope to those in need.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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