Asian Composers Showcase
The five compositions of the Asian Composers Showcase were performed on April 6, 2019 at the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF). Lio Kuokman conducted the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
An international jury headed by Jörg Süßenbach awarded this year’s Goethe-Award, which includes a prize of 2.000,- Euro as well as a composition commission. After a long debate, the jury selected Juri Seo for her composition Respiri – in memoriam Jonathan Harvey. The award ceremony concluded with a reception.
THE JURYAlexander Liebreich, former Artistic Director of Tongyeong International Music Festival, concludes his tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the end of the current season. Since 2018 he is newly appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director at the Richard-Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. From 2006 to 2016, Liebreich held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Toshio Hosokawa, born in Hiroshima in 1955, came to Germany in 1976 and studied composition with Isang Yun, Brian Ferneyhough and later Klaus Huber. He creates his distinctive musical language from the fascinating relationship between western avant-garde art and traditional Japanese culture and his orchestral and music theatre works are performed around the world. Among numerous awards and honors, Hosokawa has been a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin since 2001. He is the Artistic Director of the Takefu International Music Festival and Suntory Hall’s International Program for Music Composition. He is composer in residence at Tongyeong International Music Festival 2019.
Jakub Jankowski, born in 1994, is a young composer based in Adelaide, South Australia. He received various commissions and his music has been performed at international festivals by prestigious musicians. Jankowski is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in Composition. He is composer in residence at Tongyeong International Music Festival 2019.
Yubeen Kim, born in Daejeon, South Korea, started to play the flute at the age of nine. He studied at Yewon Art School in Seoul and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon with Philippe Bernold and José Daniel Castellon. He was been awarded prizes at, amongst others, the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition in Korea, the Kobe International Competition in Japan, and the Prague Spring Competition. Regularly performing in Korea and in Europe, Kim became Principal Flute of the Konzerthaus- Orchester in Berlin in 2016.
Jörg Süßenbach studied music at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and worked afterwards as a musician and music teacher. After further education in cultural management he took over a position in the PR and dramaturgy department at ROC (Rundfunkorchester und -Chöre GmbH Berlin), besides that he worked as a journalist and lecturer. Before joining the Goethe-Institut as the head of the music division in 2004, Süßenbach was the artistic and business director of a concert venue in Zurich.