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Composer: Chin, Unsuk (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityKorea, South
PeriodContemporary
March 2018
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DublinContinental Drift: Chin, Wu, Volans, Power

Chin, Volans
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; David Brophy; Wu Wei; David Power; Mark Hindley

LondonThe Song of the Children of Stars

© Priska Ketterer
Beethoven, Chin, Biber
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Philharmonia Voices

LondonBeacons

Beacons
Bray, Saunders, Chin
London Sinfonietta; Peter Rundel; Donatienne Michel-Dansac

LondonClare Hammond

Haydn, Chin, Anderson, Beethoven, Scriabin, Finnis, Stravinsky
Clare Hammond, Piano

ClaytonMetropolis 1

Ligeti, Chin, Vincent
Clark Rundell; Wu Wei; Australian String Quartet
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A bizarre ride: Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland

Jane Henschel (Queen of Hearts) © Mathew Imaging
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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Unsuk Chin première and bruising Mahler in New York

Kari Kriikku © Marco Borggreve
Ornithologists would have had a field day in Avery Fisher Hall for the opening subscription concert in the New York Philharmonic's season. Trills and fluttering multiphonics abounded in Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto, before bird calls opened Mahler's First Symphony.
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Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at BBC Proms

Wu Wei plays the sheng in Unsuk Chin’s Šu © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A ravishing performance from the Myung-Wung Chung Seoul Philharmonic for the orchestra's BBC Proms première.
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Ligeti, Chin and de Vries with Reinbert de Leeuw and Asko|Schönberg

Reinbert de Leeuw
Asko|Schönberg, ensemble in residence at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, opened the first edition of the Young Pianists Festival with a concert featuring two piano concertos, by György Ligeti and Klaas de Vries. The Dutch composer wrote his Second Piano Concerto for Daniël van der Hoeven, who won the Young Pianists Competition three years ago.
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To make you think: LA Phil New Music Group with Dudamel and Adams at the Barbican

Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at the Barbican Centre  ©  Mark Allan
The Barbican has scored itself something of a winner in securing the Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra to fulfil its International Associate Residency.
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Biography

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.