Beethoven Virus (베토벤 바이러스) is a 2008 MBC TV drama in Korea. It was screened Wednesday and Thursday nights on MBC. This show drew attention for being the first drama to depict the lives of classical musicians and orchestra in Korea.

With high expectations, the press conference prior to the regular televising surprised fans with a concert complete with a full orchestra. Kim Myung-min, who plays the talented yet difficult maestro Kang, actually conducted Ennio Morricone, Gabriel’s Oboe, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances with the orchestra in front of reporters and fans who came to the venue. Famed pianist Lim Dong-hyek also offered his tunes. Lim made a special appearance as himself in the drama. There were made another cameo appearance by Richard Yongjae O`Neil (a popular violist) and few more famous musicians.


Kang Gun Woo is a world renowned orchestra maestro who is a perfectionist in his work. He is not an easy person to work with and is feared by all his players. By chance, he comes across Du Ru Mi, a violinist, and a young cop who has the same name as his and discovers that even without formal training, the young Kang is a music genius. The three soon get tangled in a love triangle.

Main characters

Kang Gun-woo / Kang Mae (Maestro Kang)

Portrayed by Kim Myung Min, Kang Gun-woo is an orchestra conductor who’s a single forty year old man that lives with a dog named Beethoven. He is very talented and famous for his excellent skills in music. Conductor Kang feels that classical music is for the nobility and to play the noble classics, the talent of players should be brilliant. Because he believes in this, he insults many musicians who do not match his perfection in music.

Kang Mae is notorious for his aggressiveness and sharp tongue. His nickname is ‘orchestra killer’. His personality is mostly written in his face when he encounters trouble and he smirks to show he isn’t weak. The reason that he has spent most of his time overseas is because he had once refused to perform in front of a large audience, including the president.

Du Ru-mi

Portrayed by Lee Ji-ah, Du Ru-mi is the concert mistress of the project orchestra. Despite her delicate appearance, she is actually hot-tempered, up-and-down, and optimistic about everything.
Her headache and tinnitus are the symptom of Ménière’s disease, which will cause hearing loss. Now, she has a resolute goal to perform on stage.

Kang Gun-woo

Portrayed by Jang Geun-suk, Kang Gun-woo is a traffic officer with a strong sense of justice. To help a pregnant woman get to the hospital, he moves a car by crashing it into another car, which causes him to be suspended from his position.
Even though he cannot read music, he has a natural talent for playing the trumpet and for music itself. The project orchestra that he joins through Ru-mi’s recommendation gives him an opportunity to open his eyes and ears to music and conducting.


  • Kim Myung-min as Kang Gun-woo/Kang Ma-Eh (Conductor)
  • Lee Ji-ah as Du Ru-mi (Violin)
  • Jang Geun-suk as Kang Gun-woo (Trumpet)

Extended Cast

  • Lee Soon Jae as Kim Gab Yong (Oboe)
  • Hyun Jyu-ni as Ha Yi Deun (Flute)
  • Song Ok Sook as Jung Hee Yun (Cello)
  • Park Chul Min as Bae Yong Gi (Trumpet)
  • Jung Suk Yong as Park Hyuk Kwon (Double Bass)
  • Lee Bong Gyu as Park Jin Man
  • Kim Young Min as Jung Myung Hwan
  • Jo Se Eun as Kim Joo Yeon
  • Park Eun Joo as Kim Joo Hee
  • Lee Han Wie as Kang Chun Bae
  • Park Kil Soo as Kim Kye Jang
  • Hwang Young Hee as Hyuk Kwon Cheo
  • Baek Jae Jin
  • Kim Ik
  • Ely Balasbas