|Ecuadorian Ambassador to South Korea Nicolas Trujillo (second from left) poses for a photo during a reception after a concert at Ilshin Hall in Seoul on Friday. From left are: Jorge Icaza, Consul at the embassy; Trujillo; Vanessa Passailaigue, the ambassador wife; Cecilia Gutierrez, a diplomat at the embassy; and musicians Simon and Tadeo Gangotena. (Philip Iglauer/The Korea Herald)|
The Ecuadorian Embassy here rounded off its celebration of the Andean nation’s Independence Day with a musical performance by acclaimed violist Simon Gangotena and his equally talented younger brother, Tadeo, who accompanied him on piano at Ilshin Hall in Hannam-dong, Seoul, on Friday.
Ecuador celebrated its Independence Day on Aug. 10.
The embassy first featured Ecuadorian music during a reception celebrating its Independence Day at a hotel in Seoul earlier this month.
The musical duo of Noreia Mueckay and her son, Yarik Panko, performed a number of classical pieces for members of the foreign diplomatic community, Korean VIPs and friends of Ecuador during a reception celebrating the nation’s 204th anniversary of its independence from Spain. The mother-son duo also performed at Ilshin Hall.
Friday’s concert brought together local authorities, members of the foreign diplomatic corps, VIP guests, Korean artists and Ecuadorians living in Korea.
Ecuadorians are very familiar with a great deal of music from South Korea, particularly K-pop sounds. So, the embassy here sought to highlight the most representative music from the South American nation, said Cecilia Gutierrez, the diplomat from the embassy in charge of organizing the performances.
The two nations began diplomatic relations in October 1962.