Asian Composers Showcase Premiere Concert 2013

Premiere Conzert 2013
© Choi Myeong Man

The four pieces commissioned by the Goethe-Institut as part of the Asian Composers Showcase, were premiered on 3 March 2013 at the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF). Soo-Yeoul Choi conducted the Ensemble TIMF.

The Asian Composers Showcase Goethe Award, which is this year endowed with 3,000,000 won, is presented to the most compelling composition of the Asian Composers Showcase. An international jury of musicians, composers and musicologists selects the winner.
 
In 2013 the Goethe Award went to the piece High heels: Not even anything room by the composer Donghoon Shin. The jury based its decision on the following considerations:
 
“The jury recognizes the outstanding quality of the four pieces commissioned by the Goethe-Institut as part of the Asian Composers Showcase. They are in keeping with the spirit of Isang Yun, who was an acknowledged mediator between East and West, Korea and Germany. All the pieces, each in its own unique and masterly fashion, thus foster the development of contemporary composition in Asia.
 
Yet, with its exceptional melodic intensity, skilful instrumentation, gripping thematic development, aesthetic elegance and powerful spatial gestures combined with the tonal explorations of the experienced Pierrot Ensemble, one of the compositions sets itself, in our opinion, clearly apart. We are confident that in future we shall hear more of this promising young composer.
 
The 2013 Asian Composers Showcase Goethe-Award goes to Donghoon Shin for his work High heels: Not even anything room.”

The Jury

Prof. Dr. Lee Kyungbun is an expert on music history with special emphasis on German exile composers of the 1930s. She studied music and German philology at the Universities of Seoul and Marburg and is currently doing research at the Seoul National University. She is also a music critic and the author of numerous scholarly publications on the history of music.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osborne is Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He has also worked as a conductor and led the university’s ensemble for contemporary music. He is currently spending a year in Seoul as a Fullbright Visiting Scholar to compose music for Korean and Western instruments.

Prof. Dr. Hongseok Rhie studied at the University of Music in Detmold. He currently teaches composition at Yonsei University and is Chairman of the Korean Society for Music of the Twenty-First Century. His compositions have won numerous awards, including the Composition Prize of the Korean Society for Music.

Prof. Patrick O’Byrne studied piano in Auckland, London and Germany. He has performed with many international orchestras such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, and has received numerous awards for his interpretations of contemporary music. He has taught at the Stuttgart Academy of Music and is currently Professor for Piano at the Bremen University of the Arts.

Dr. Stefan Dreyer is head of the Goethe-Institut Korea and regional director of East Asia.