Tongyeong International Music Festival
Since its foundation in 2002, the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) has established itself as one of the most important musical events in Asia. The festival is dedicated to the Korean composer and winner of the Goethe Medallion, Isang Yun. Yun was born in Tongyeong but spent the last years of his life as a German citizen in Berlin. Germany, Yun’s adopted home, plays a special role for TIMF. The Goethe-Institut has supported the festival since its inception.
Every spring, established names of the classical music world and aspiring musicians from Korea meet in the small coastal city of Tongyeong. The festival presents a diverse programme that brings together many different perspectives on music, old and new. The Asian Composers Showcase sets new accents by introducing four different artistic positions from Asia to a large audience.
The Ensemble TIMF© Ensemble TIMF An ambassador of the Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Ensemble TIMF exercises a fascination on its audience both in Korea and on concert tours throughout the world.
Since its foundation in 2001, the promising young musicians of the ensemble have distinguished themselves as excellent partners for international projects. Their versatile repertoire includes excursions into the world of opera and film score. The various music education programmes, including lectures, workshops and special concerts, allow for a low-level entrance to New Music and has contributed to the success of the ensemble in Korea.
Currently lead by its Artistic Director Choe Uzong, the Ensemble TIMF performs in the most prestigious venues of the country and has worked with many important musicians and composers such as Steve Reich, Heiner Goebbels and Unsuk Chin, the oboist Heinz Holliger, the cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Ensemble Modern.