Orchestra of Dream has been making positive changes for the healthy growth of children and youth that, in turn, have affected families and local communities as well. What started with eight regional centers – nucleos – throughout Korea has grown in the past decade to a total of 47 nucleos in which 2,500 children learn and grow in harmony today.
Orchestra of Dream is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, organized by the Korea Arts & Culture Educational Service (KACES), and operated by the local nucleos. KACES signed an agreement with El Sistema of Venezuela in February 2012 and has been working actively together with El Sistema around the world ever since, while building the foundation for a world-class orchestra training institute.
Economist and musician Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 as a music education program for impoverished children in Venezuela. El Sistema is a program that helps children exposed to risks such as drugs and violence develop visions and dreams, thereby pursuing changes in society.
Various countries around the world, including the US, the UK and Venezuela, have adopted the El Sistema program and are providing orchestra education. The program has produced internationally renowned musicians such as Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel, the permanent conductor of the LA Philharmonic, and the youngest bassist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Edicson Ruiz.