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Composer Unsuk Chin is announced as the new Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea.

The Tongyeong International Music Foundation has announced the world-renowned composer Unsuk Chin as the next Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival. Florian Riem, the CEO of the foundation, is currently acting also as the Artistic Director. His term expires at the end of this year and Unsuk Chin will begin her term from 2022 for 5 years.

Born in Seoul and now resident in Berlin, Unsuk Chin comments: "I am deeply touched and honoured to have been appointed Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival. Music and arts in South Korea have such enormous potential and TIMF is at the heart of its classical music life. This festival will play a key role both in dialogue with the international music world as well as in the development of the Korean music scene. I am hugely looking forward to all the exciting projects ahead and to our continued growth together!"

As well as her career as one of today’s most successful contemporary composers, Unsuk Chin has enjoyed major curatorial roles with orchestras, venues and festivals to develop musical programmes, particularly introducing contemporary music to new audiences. Chin’s new position in Tongyeong follows her overseeing of the Ars Nova series at the Seoul Philharmonic from 2006 to 2017, a series which she founded herself, her role as Artistic Director of the Music of Today series of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London from 2011 to 2020, and her work as Director of the Seoul Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2021.

About the Tongyeong International Music Festival
Since its foundation in 2002, the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) has established itself as one of the most important musical events in Asia. The festival is dedicated to the Korean composer Isang Yun, known for his attempts to bridge the music of the West and East. Yun was born in Tongyeong but spent the last years of his life as a German citizen in Berlin, Germany. Every spring, established names of the classical music world and aspiring musicians from Korea meet in the small coastal city of Tongyeong. The festival presents a diverse programme that brings together many different perspectives on music, old and new.

About Unsuk Chin
Composer and curator Unsuk Chin was born in 1961 in Seoul and she has lived in Germany since 1985. Chin’s career has been celebrated with a series of classical music awards, so far receiving the 1985 Gaudeamus Award, the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for her Violin Concerto, the 2005 Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, the 2012 Ho-Am Prize, the 2017 Wihuri Sibelius Prize, the 2018 Kravis Prize, the 2019 Bach-Preis and the 2021 Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Her music has attracted the attention of international conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Myung-Whun Chung, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hannu Lintu, Peter Eötvös, George Benjamin, and François-Xavier Roth. Regularly commissioned by leading performing organisations around the world, her music has been performed by orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Symphony, among others. She has been Composer-in-Residence of the Lucerne Festival, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Festival d’Automne, the BBC’s Total Immersion festival, and many more. In 2007, Chin’s first opera Alice in Wonderland received its world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera, opening the Munich Opera Festival, and it was subsequently released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Portrait CDs of Chin’s music have appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Kairos and Analekta. Chin’s works are published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.

Photo of Unsuk Chin by Priska Ketterer

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