News agencies are reporting that the executed ex of Kim Jong Un became famous through a Hungarian competition she won in 2005. I looked into it, and found the original DPRK news report, which is actually about another executed woman:
DPRK Violinist Emerges Winner at International Concours Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) — Violinist Mun Kyong Jin of the Mansudae Art Troupe emerged winner at the Kaneti International Violin Concours held in Hungary from July 15 to 20. The concours drew 60 excellent violinists from seven countries including the DPRK, Russia, China and Hungary. Its jury included renowned professors and doctors who are violin experts from Russia, Britain, Greece, Mexico and other countries. The concours involved the first- and second-phase elimination contests and the final. In the final competition qualifiers performed solos for Mozart violin concerto played by the Hungarian symphony orchestra. Mun Kyong Jin successfully performed violin solos requiring high artistry at the elimination contests, excelling other contenders in points at the final competition. He has grown to be a talented violinist under the loving care of leader Kim Jong Il. He attractively and impressively represented the solo for violin concerto through unique and refined rendition, winning high acclaim of the jury and the audience. He was awarded the certificate of the first prize at an awarding ceremony held on July 20. Members of the jury were unanimous in saying that Mun Kyong Jin won the first prize despite his debut at the international concours, a clear proof of the high artistic level of the DPRK.
Is it just me, or the Kaneti International Violin Concourse sounds like something completely made up? I’m sure I haven’t heard of anything of the sort happening around here, ever.