The Karos Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1989 by Lee Young Wan, a principal timpanist of the KBS Symphony Orchestra, and the finest professional musicians from prestigious music schools in Korea and abroad who majored in percussion.
The Karos Percussion Ensemble is a world-class percussion ensemble that adeptly plays more than 100 percussion instruments. With its wide- ranged repertoire from classical to modern creative pieces, the ensemble has attracted many regular fans by actively performing nationwide and abroad, showcasing the unique tones and mysteriousness of percussion instruments.
The ensemble has co-hosted numerous subscription concerts with UNICEF to help North Korean children and is continuously working on records and collaboration with top musicians in Korea and abroad. It strives to make percussion music more familiar through a series of local “Concerts with Commentary” performances every year and plays a major role in developing and promoting modern creative music as part of the “Project to Support Intensive Development of Performing Arts Organizations” supported by the “Arts Council Korea.” Furthermore, Karos Percussion Ensemble was selected to support the development of performance hall art organizations by the “Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture” and for 11 years, worked as a resident organization of the Gangnam Foundation for Arts & Culture and Gangdong Arts Center. Having also spread the excellence of percussion instruments through the “2018 Pyeongchang Culture Olympics,” Karos Percussion Ensemble is a top percussion ensemble striving to promote and popularize Classical percussion music.