Asian Composers Showcase Premiere Concert 2016
The world premiere of the four new compositions took place at the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) on March 28, 2016. Soo-Yeoul Choi directed the Ensemble TIMF.
An international jury has awarded this year’s Goethe-Award to composer Noriko Koide for her composition Hotei. The six jury members state their reasons for this decision as follows:
“The Jury of the 2016 Asian Composers Showcase Award enjoyed the four new works superbly presented by Ensemble TIMF under the Baton of Soo-Yeoul Choi.
The four compositions carried forceful ideas and showed great potential. We will certainly be hearing more by these strong musical voices from Asia.
As difficult as it was to determine one outstanding composition, the jury finally came to a conclusion: One piece displayed especially vivid compositional craftsmanship and many interesting instrumental effects, maintaining intensity from beginning to end. Furthermore it was fresh in its musical substance and highly imaginative in its treatment of the required instrumentation, thus combining economy of musical means with a high degree of expressivity and individuality.
The 2016 Asian Composer’s Showcase Goethe-Award goes to Noriko Koide for her composition Hotei.”
Noriko Koide also received the Audience Award.
The JuryPeter Swinnen studied composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. His compositions include soloworks and chamber music pieces for diverse instruments, lieder, tone poems for large orchestra, symphonies, concerti, cantatas, ballets, films and music theatre, with and without electronics. Many of them are available on records. He currently serves as director of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and president of the International Society of Contemporary Music.
Henk Heuvelmans received a doctorate in musicology from the Universiteit Utrecht and has been active in new music life since 1981, working for Gaudeamus and being on the board of many national and international organisations, ensembles, venues, and festivals. He currently serves as director of Muziekhuis Utrecht and Gaudeamus Muziekweek, as well as vice-president of the International Society of Contemporary Music.
Jocelyn Clark, after graduating from high school in Juneau (Alaska), has spent the better part of the last 20 years in Japan, China, and Korea studying music. Having by now premiered over 30 new works for Korean gayageum, she also co-founded/directed the Alaskan new music festival, CrossSound, for which she commissioned and produced more than 60 new works for Alaskan artists and audiences between 1999-2009. In 2001, Jocelyn founded the East Asian zither new music ensemble IIIZ+ in Darmstadt. Jocelyn has degrees from Wesleyan University (CT) and Harvard University. She served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts (2004-2009), and currently serves on the Jeonju International Sori Festival Board. She is a professor at Pai Chai University.
Uzong Choe studied composition and theory of music at Seoul National University, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He took first place in composition at Dong-A Music Competition, was awarded with Young Artist Award in 2006 and also was a nominee for Gaudeamus International Composers Award. Since 2001, he is a professor of the Department of Composition at Seoul National University. At the same time, he is working as the artistic director of Ensemble TIMF.
Toni Krein is a dramaturg and cultural manager with extensive experience in the field of concert and music theatre. He was artistic director of Alte Oper Frankfurt, co-founder of Frankfurter Feste and head dramaturg at Luzerner Theater. Since December 2010, he is president of orchester.ch (Association of Swiss Professional Orchestras). He is also board member of Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, as well as Davos Festival.
Reimar Volker studied music education at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. He holds a PhD in musicology from Technische Universität Berlin. For the past ten years he has been working for Goethe-Institut with postings in Egypt, India and currently in Korea as the regional head of cultural programs in East Asia.