The Gyeonggi Provincial Traditional Music Orchestra was founded in August 1996, with 55 members, to preserve and develop traditional music of Gyeonggi Province and of Korea in general. Lee Jun Ho was appointed as its first artistic director, followed by Kim Young Dong, Kim Jae Young, and Choi Sang Hwa. Since its foundation, the orchestra has made many efforts to promote Korean music, not only through its numerous regular and special concerts and national tours, but also by commissioning and premiering new music, and releasing albums and publishing music scores of newly composed Korean music.
In March 2020, four months after the fifth artistic director Won Il’s appointment, the orchestra changed its name to Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra and planned to embark on a new journey to develop a new style of Korean orchestra in the spirit of sinawi. Sinawi is a native Korean word and a traditional musical term which can encompass the performances of both the core repertoire of traditional music and the newly composed contemporary Korean music. The Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra aims to fulfill the needs of the contemporary audience by combining and blending the traditional and modern way of performing and creating Korean music with various art forms of our time. While maintaining its identity as a Korean orchestra, the Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra will expand its musical spectrum and the already dynamic and multifaceted soundscape through actively interacting and collaborating with musicians from around the world.