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April 30, 2019

K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop Celebrates the Global Phenomenon’s Musical Ingenuity

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K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop

Celebrates the Global Phenomenon’s Musical Ingenuity


Concert Features Special Guest JungJae Moon

Followed by Full-Scale After-Party

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Free discussion at David Rubenstein Atrium

with SM Entertainment’s Chris Lee

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


New York, NY (April 30, 2019) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces the presentation of K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop, June 20 at Alice Tully Hall. The concert features a 50-piece orchestra and delves into formal innovations in Korean popular music.


K-Factor juxtaposes well-known hits by K-pop artists like Blackpink, BTS, EXO, Red Velvet, and Seo Taiji with musical selections from as early as the 1930s to explore the radical spirit behind much of Korean pop. Pianist JungJae Moon is the evening’s featured special guest. Exclusive interviews and key context help frame the performance in an accompanying souvenir program. An after-party with DJ and drinks following the concert gives the audience the opportunity to mingle with the performers and creative team.


Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3, at Single tickets for the performance begin at $25. Exclusive pre-sale access and special pricing is available to members of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons program. Join the Young Patrons here.


“So much goes into any one K-pop song, but the music has always been the core,” said Eana Kim, a leading lyricist and creative in the Korean music industry, and K-Factor key advisor. “This program at Lincoln Center focuses on an adventurous side of Korean pop I’ve always felt deserves deeper consideration.”


A free presentation and Q+A discussion the day prior to the event features SM Entertainment Executive Chris Lee, who has played a visionary role in the evolution of one of Asia’s most influential entertainment companies and is a noted innovator within the K-pop industry. Moderated by the Asia Society’s Tom Nagorski, the conversation provides insight into the growth of the international cultural phenomenon.


K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop

Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Yuga Cohler, conductor

Johan, arranger

Jakob Dorof, creative consultant

Eana Kim, key advisor

Jihoon Suk, key advisor

JungJae Moon, special guest


The True Value of K-pop

Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Q+A with SM Entertainment’s Chris Lee; moderated by Asia Society’s Tom Nagorski

Free; seating on a first-come, first-served basis


About the Team


Johan (born Stephen Feigenbaum) is a composer, songwriter, and singer who works in a variety of disciplines including classical, musical theater, and pop music. As a music producer and composer, Johan has collaborated extensively with producers No I.D., Mike Dean, and Travis Barker, and with artists including Travis Scott, Nas, Kanye West, Rufus Wainwright, Teyana Taylor, Vic Mensa, and Alessia Cara. He sings and produces for his own project, which has been heard more than one million times on Spotify. Johan's Off-Broadway folk-rock musical Independents was named a New York Times Critic's Pick and one of the Huffington Post's ten best plays of 2012. He also did music preparation for the score to the Academy Award–winning movie The Revenant. He has won two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and a 2013 Charles Ives award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Johan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music composition from Yale, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize–winner David Lang and received instruction in musical theater composition from Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori. Many of his projects are driven by a passion for turning mainstream audiences into fans of classical music.


Eana Kim

Since her first official release in 2003, Eana Kim has written lyrics for more than 400 songs registered under the Korea Music Copyright Association. Her credits include standout work for pop music luminaries like Cho Yong-pil, Yoonsang, Um Junghwa, Lee Hyori, Taeyeon, SHINee, and EXO. In 2015, she made her debut as an author with her widely acclaimed Eana Kim’s Songwriting Method. Kim’s creative talents have extended to A&R for some of Seoul's top music companies, and she has played an interdisciplinary role in the development of seminal K-pop artists like IU, Brown Eyed Girls, and Sunny Hill. Having written several of South Korea’s biggest and most enduring hit songs of the past two decades, Kim has been repeatedly hailed as the industry’s top lyricist, and was last year recognized by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with a commendation for her contributions to her nation.


Yuga Cohler

Yuga Cohler is a conductor and cultural innovator. He currently serves as the music director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, after four years in the same post at the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. He has also appeared in concert with such ensembles as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Filharmonica Toscanini, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which he led on a sold-out international tour that concluded at Carnegie Hall. In 2018, Cohler was awarded the Paolo Vero Orchestral Prize at the Toscanini International Conducting Competition as the only American participant. He is a Director of the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), a collective that pursues cultural exchange through modern music, whose debut recording, Transcendent (Delos Records) he both conducted and executive produced. Cohler has worked on a diverse array of musical projects such as Pixar in Concert; Yoshiki Classical, featuring the cofounder of the rock band X Japan; and Yeethoven, a widely acclaimed concert comparing the music of Beethoven and Kanye West. In addition to receiving his master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School, Cohler graduated summa cum laude with a degree in computer science from Harvard University. His senior thesis, “Optimal Envy-Free Cake-Cutting,” has been cited by over 50 articles in the academic literature. Cohler has appeared as a guest host of the nationally syndicated classical music radio show From the Top, as well as a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival.


Chris Lee

Since joining SM Entertainment’s A&R department in 2005, Chris Lee has played a visionary role in the evolution of Asia’s leading entertainment company. He made a name for himself by developing SM’s peerless production system, which involves a global network of more than 900 hit songwriters (from legends like Teddy Riley to pop sensations like Bruno Mars). Lee’s efforts introduced the songcamp model to K-pop, setting a new precedent for the Asian music industry as a whole. Lee takes a similarly hands-on approach to nearly every facet of SM’s prodigious output, and to fostering top global acts like SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet, and NCT. As a member of SM Entertainment’s board of directors, Lee is actively involved in formulating fresh corporate development strategies and directions. As CEO of CTGA Europe, he helps lead a globe-spanning team of industry experts in EKKO Music Rights’ new offices in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Germany, and the United States.


Jakob Dorof

Based in Gangnam, Seoul, since 2014, Jakob Dorof is a writer and consultant. One of the first to write in major Western media about K-pop’s musical innovations, Dorof has logged work for outlets including Pitchfork, VICE, and Spotify, alongside Korean magazines such as GQ Korea and ELLE Korea. He has been cited by the Asia Society, the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, Forbes, and Chartmetric. For several years, Dorof has been a leading consultant on K-pop and the Korean music market for some of the world’s top media brands, ad agencies, tech platforms, and entertainment companies. In 2018 he guest lectured on the topic of K-pop form at Hanyang University per the invitation of EKKO Music Rights, one of Korea’s top publishing agencies. He has been a panelist for Arirang TV, has helped produce radio segments for broadcasters like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and is a weekly co-host of the Korean Broadcasting System’s One Fine Day radio show with the legendary balladeer Lena Park (a.k.a. ), where he runs a segment on Korean pop history. Dorof has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he studied writing and music and was both a Writing Partner and Journalism Scholar.


Jihoon Suk

Jihoon Suk is a noted and fast-rising young scholar of Korean modern history, with a particular interest in early sound recordings and other non-textual media. In 2015 he received a bachelor’s degree in Korean history from Yonsei University, where he returned to complete his master’s thesis on Korean traditional music before entering into the PhD program in Korean studies at the University of Michigan. Since 2012, he has served as Senior Researcher at the Korean 78rpm Discography Project and Archive in Seoul, a near-complete database of Korean commercial records issued between 1907 and 1945. Suk has also been working with various museums and archives in Korea and around the world, including the Independence Hall Museum of Korea, the Korean Film Archive, Korea’s National Gugak Center, the U.S. Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2015, he discovered some of Korea’s earliest extant commercial recordings, and published an article on his findings in the 58th volume of the Korean Musicological Society’s journal, Studies in Korean Music. Last year he was invited to lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch on the subject of early Korean gramophone recordings and their historical significance.


JungJae Moon

Pianist JungJae Moon earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Chamber Music and Konzertexamen-SoloKlasse diplomas, from the Hanover University of Music, where he has also held a position as a Lecturer. A winner of multiple international piano competitions and scholarships, Moon has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world, including, among others, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Bologna Symphony Orchestra, Hochschule Chamber Orchestra, and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. As an accompanist, he has performed with numerous distinguished orchestras and in chamber music series, including a special performance hosted by the John Cage institute in the U.S. and “Vienna Symphony Orchestra” Ensemble Charity Concert for AIDS patients hosted by Kultur.LEBEN-Veranstaltungsreihe. Selected as one of HypoVereinsbank’s “Young Musicians,” Moon has performed in many international events and festivals, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Eve Concert in Germany, the Potsdam Modern Music Festival, the Hong Kong Musicarama Festival, the Hiroshima Modern Music Festival, the Yamaha International Music Festival, the Seoul International Music Festival, the Bologna International Music Festival, the Iserlohn International Music Festival, and the Torino International Music Festival.


Tom Nagorski

Tom Nagorski became Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News. Before that, he was Foreign Editor for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany, and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has written for several publications and is the author of “Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack”. Nagorski is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of the Committee To Protect Journalists, and a Program Advisor to the Brooklyn Historical Society. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


About the Lincoln Center Young Patrons

The Lincoln Center Young Patrons connects culturally minded New Yorkers who celebrate, support, and promote the world’s leading performing arts center: Lincoln Center. Initiatives engage a younger demographic in the arts through a mix of performance outings, educational programs, social occasions, and volunteer opportunities. Together, these efforts are developing, diversifying, broadening, and strengthening young audiences—not just for Lincoln Center, but for the performing arts. To learn more about Young Patrons, or to become a member, visit


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of thousands of free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


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K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop is co-presented with the Korean Cultural Center New York.


Lead support for K-Factor is generously provided by Christine M. Kim and Jung Hoon Chang.


Additional support is provided by Drew S. Fine, the Korean Cultural Center New York, Miyoung Lee, Chandrika Tandon, and one Anonymous.


First Republic Bank is a lead sponsor of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons.


Focus Financial Partners is a lead supporter of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons.


Generous support of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons is provided by our Founding Fund members: Noreen Ahmad, Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis, Harold Burson, Juliette Cho and Peter Kim, Josh Elkes, Anuj Gupta, Jason Paez, Sal Piscopo, Pedro Rivera Torres Moir, Sarah, Seo and Mike Park, Shiv Sethi, Alexander Stamatiadis, Lita Tandon, Lindsay Wilczynski, Percy Wong, and Kevin Zhu.


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.


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