November 9, 2008
Korean Traditional Music Association Presents Commendation
KTMA General Director Lee Young-Hee presented a plaque for Mr. Ikeda to KSGI General Director Yeo Sang Rak, who received it in proxy.
The citation on the plaque reads in part: "Mr. Ikeda has dedicated himself to worldwide exchanges of culture and the arts, thereby fostering mutual respect and understanding between countries and peoples. Through the Min-On Concert Association which he founded, Mr. Ikeda has made vast contributions to introducing traditional Korean music to the Japanese public, thereby rendering great service to the strengthening of Korea-Japan friendship and the advancement of Korean music."
Following the ceremony, a music troupe headed by KTMA Director Lee Dong-Jun performed classical Korean music on traditional instruments. Director Hwang Jae-Chul, representing the music production company Euraent, presented Mr. Ikeda with a frame-encased compact disc containing Soka Gakkai songs and other music performed on traditional Korean instruments, arranged by renowned South-Korean composer Kang In-Gu, who was also present at the event.
Established in 1961, KTMA integrated three music academies with an aim to safeguard and promote traditional Korean music. It has a nationwide membership of over 20,000 people. KTMA's international membership extends to Japan, USA, New Zealand and other countries.
[Adapted from an article in the November 14, 2008, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]