Asian Composers Showcase Premiere Concert 2017
The world premiere of the four new compositions took place at the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) on April 3, 2017. Christopher Lee directed the Ensemble TIMF.
An international jury has awarded this year’s Goethe-Award to composer Jung-eun Park for her composition “Dancing Boxes”. The five jury members state their reasons for this decision as follows:
“The Jury of the 2017 Asian Composers Showcase acknowledges the superb quality of the four compositions premiered here today.
The four pieces are in keeping with the spirit of Isang Yun and contribute to his legacy as a mediator between East and West. All pieces displayed masterful use of musical writing skills and the creative potential of contemporary composition in Asia. The jury is confident that these voices will continue to be heard.
The jury was especially drawn to one particular work by its complexity and its creative use of recurring motifs.
The 2017 Asian Composers Showcase Goethe-Award goes to Jung-eun Park for her work ‘Dancing Boxes’.”
Jung-eun Park also received the Audience Award.
The JuryUzong Choe studied composition and theory of music at the Seoul National University, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He is professor of composition and theory of music at the Seoul National University and artistic director of the Ensemble TIMF since 2001, as well as music director of the Ensemble "Georipae" since 1994. His works have ranged over a wide variety of musical styles and aesthetic standpoints - from early music to musical comedy, and his recent works especially reflect his research on European polyphony, Korean traditional music and music theater.
Christopher Lee, a Korean-Austrian conductor, has emerged as one of the most promising conductors of his young generation. He has performed with Bucheon Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Kanazawa Orchestra Ensemble and many other orchestras. He worked as the chief conductor of Ensemble TIMF of Tongyeong International Music Festival from 2010 to 2011. Currently, Christopher Lee is a Professor of Music at Inje University of Gimhae, Korea.
Roswitha Staege, born in Berlin, studied flute in Hamburg (Karlheinz and Gertrud Zoeller) and Berlin (James Galway). She won numerous national and international competitions, including the 1974 International ARD Competition in Munich. In the same year she became a solo flutist at the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken. Roswitha Staege performed in all of Europe, the USA, Russia and Australia as well as Asia. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has been a guest at numerous festivals all over the world and gave courses in France, Germany, Austria, Japan and Switzerland. Many radio and television recordings as well as records in Germany and Japan prove the broad spectrum of their repertoire. Since 1994 she had a professorship at Saarland University of Music and Theater and in 1996, she was appointed to the Berlin University of the Arts, where she taught until 2016. She has been a member of the German Musikrat for twenty years, many of them as head of the woodwind jury, and served in jurys of the DAAD many times, including composition. Harold C. Schonberg characterized her as "a sensitive musician as well as an accomplished virtuoso" in the New York Times. She inspired Isang Yun to several compositions.
Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer, born in Mainz in 1953, studied music education and musicology with Carl Dahlhaus in Berlin, as well as German philology, history and philosophy. Since the early eighties, he has collaborated with Isang Yun on numerous introductory texts and essays on his music. Together with Hanns-Werner Heister he published the anthology “Der Komponist Isang Yun”, which was also translated into Korean and other languages. To support research on Isang Yun and the performance practices of his works, together with other friends of Yun he founded the International Isang Yun Society in 1996 and also publishes the yearbook Ssi-ol, as well as a CD series.
Marla Stukenberg is head of Goethe-Institut Korea and regional director of East Asia.