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Composer: Chin, Unsuk (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityKorea, South
December 2020
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LondonLSO/Rattle: Kavakos plays Unsuk Chin

© Marco Borggreve
Haydn, Chin, Schubert
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Leonidas Kavakos

ParisJérôme Comte & Ensemble intercontemporain

Srnka, Choi, Chin, Poppe
Ensemble intercontemporain; Matthias Pintscher; Jérôme Comte

BerlinEnsemble Intercontemporain, Pintscher & Adámek

© Franck Ferville
Pintscher, Andre, Chin
Ensemble intercontemporain; Matthias Pintscher; Martin Adámek

ValenciaFestival Ensems 2021

Festival Ensems 2021
Sanz-Burguete, Borgunyó, Chin, Xenakis, Berio
Orquesta de Valencia; Beatriz Fernández Aucejo; David Fons
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Bergen International Festival: Donald Trump sings Ligeti

Sara Hershkowitz © Thor Brødreskift
A surprise "artist" gatecrashes the Festival's closing concert
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Bergen International Festival: Arctic Philharmonic perform new music

The Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta with Sarah Herchkowitz © Anita Veda
A bracing evening of compositions by Unsuk Chin and Eivund Buene 
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Haydn, Debussy and Unsuk Chin in a magical setting

Oslo String Quartet © Paul Johannessen
The Oslo String Quartet impresses in a carefully curated concert at Grieg's home. 
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Gražinytė-Tyla tackles Tchaikovsky with Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Eric Melzer
This was Tchaikovsky raw and fierce as if he had written it, as he might have, for a young lover.
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A bizarre ride: Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland

Unsuk Chin's opera Alice in Wonderland is performed by the Los Angeles Philarharmonic, conducted by Susanna Mälkki. This is no Disney movie! 
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You can read our October 2013 interview with Unsuk Chin here.

Unsuk Chin was born in 1961 in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Berlin since 1988. Her music has attracted international conductors including Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Neeme Järvi, Markus Stenz, Myung-Whun Chung, George Benjamin, Susanna Mälkki, François-Xavier Roth, Leif Segerstam and Ilan Volkov, among others. It is modern in language, but lyrical and non-doctrinaire in communicative power. Chin has received many honours, including the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for her Violin Concerto, the 2005 Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, and the 2012 Ho-Am Prize.

She has been commissioned by leading performing organisations and her music has been performed in major festivals and concert series in Europe, the Far East, and North America by orchestras and ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet and Arditti Quartet. In addition, Unsuk Chin has been active in writing electronic music, receiving commissions from IRCAM and other electronic music studios.

In 2007, Chin’s first opera Alice in Wonderland was given its world première at the Bavarian State Opera as the opening of the Munich Opera Festival and released on DVD by Unitel Classica. Her second opera Alice Through the Looking Glass is commissioned by The Royal Opera in London for première in the 2018/19 season. Since 2006, Chin has overseen the contemporary music series of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, a series which she founded herself. Since 2011, she has served as Artistic Director of the “Music of Today” series of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Portrait CDs of her music have appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Kairos and Analekta.

Unsuk Chin’s works are published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.