Composers

CHIHCHUN CHI-SUN LEE

Taiwanese-American composer, CHIHCHUN CHI-SUN LEE’s works were described as “eye-openingly, befittingly, complex, but rather arresting to hear” (Boston Globe), “exploring a variety of offbeat textures and unusual techniques” (Gramophone) and “eastern techniques blended with sophisticated modern writing style” (Amadeus). She received Guggenheim Fellowship, won 1st Brandenburg Symphony International Competition, IAWM’s Theodore Front Prize and ISCM/ League of Composers Competition. Her commissions are from Boston Symphony Orchestra, Harvard Fromm Foundation, Barlow Endowment, Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Korea, and Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, etc.  Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, and various international festivals and broadcasts worldwide.

JISOON CHOI

Jisoon Choi, a composer, received her Bachelor’s degree in the department of music composition from Sookmyung Women’s University, received her Master’s degree from the Hochschule fuer Musik FRANZ Liszt Weimar, and received her doctoral degree at Sookmyung Women’s University.  
She won the Mendelssohn Bartholdy F. competition and Via nova competition and has been actively performing her works. Her pieces were commissioned many times, such as Bach in dialog mit neuem aus Europa and MDR in Germany over major cities in Europe. 
Choi has presented her works by performing with Germany Weimar Kammer Orchester at the Jena contemporary music festival as well as by holding her own recital with KARIEN Modernmusic Ensemble. 
She performed her orchestral work- The Fly Toward The Sky with the chamber orchestra and has worked with Joe Powers, a harmonica performer. She also participated in the orchestral work with the Speranza chamber orchestra as a resident composer. 
Choi is currently teaching at the Sookmyung Women’s University and actively performing her work as a member of the Korean Composers Association.

SAEHOON CHUNG

Saehoon Chung, born in 1980 in Seoul, studied philosophy, German literature, and composition in Yonsei University in Seoul, and continued his composition study in Freiburg and Cologne.  He studied with Cheongmook Kim, Sabang Cho, Jörg Widmann, and Johannes Schöllhorn, and graduated with degrees of Bachelor, Diplom, Master, and Konzertexamen. He also visited master classes of Jörg Birkenkötter, Dieter Mack, Ertgrul Sevsay, Daniel Peter Biro, Mark Andre, Hans Abrahamsen, Chaya Czernowin, Unsuk Chin, Clara Iannotta, Pierluisi Billone, and Alberto Posadas.

His compositions were performed in Germany, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, in many music festivals such as Kölner Musiknacht, Romanischer Sommer Köln, Parkmusik Bad Kreuznach, ATM Seoul, Pan Music festival, Daegu contemporary music festival, and were cooperated with/ played by WDR Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Chronophonie, Ensemble Crush, Ensemble Eins, Ensemble Eclat, Seoul modern ensemble, and ensemble Timf. <Abstract Painting> for Orchestra was selected and performed by WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln (West Germany radio symphony orchestra), and was broadcasted.

His music, containing not only pure instrumental works, but also combinations with visual arts, installation, and electronic music, proposes subtle acoustic possibilities along with discovering aesthetical and philosophical questions. He lives in South Korea and teaches composition and music theory in Kyunghee University, Chugye University, University of Seoul, and Korea national university of Arts.

PAWEŁ HENDRICH

Paweł Hendrich was born in 1979 in Wrocław. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and Economics at the University of Economics in Wrocław. He studied composition at the Academy of Music. K. Lipiński in Wrocław (class of prof. Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil) and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (class of York Höller). In 2020, he was a beneficiary of the artistic scholarship of the President of the City of Wrocław.

Paweł Hendrich’s works have been performed at concerts and festivals in Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Turkey, Estonia, Russia, Japan, China and the USA, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovakia.

Paweł Hendrich’s compositions were commissioned, among others by: International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn” (Ensemble Musikfabrik, Basel Sinfonietta), Deutschlandfunk (Kwartludium), Goethe-Institut, BHF-BANK Stiftung and Ensemble Modern, City of Wrocław (NOSPR), Polish Institute in Madrid (PluralEnsemble), Narodowy Institute of Music and Dance, New Music Orchestra, The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, National Forum of Music (Lutosławski Quartet, LutosAir Quintet, NFM String Trio Leopoldinum), ZAiKS Authors ‘Association and Polish Composers’ Union (Pablostrom, orkest de ereprijs).

Paweł Hendrich has been programming in the Max community for several years. Together with Cezary Duchnowski and Sławomir Kupczak, he creates the Phonos ek Mechanes trio performing live electroacoustic music. Until now, the group has performed at festivals of improvised, contemporary and electroacoustic music as well as concerts in Poland and abroad.

In 2010, the DUX publishing house released a monographic album by Paweł Hendrich Chamber Works, and in 2017, the album Metaforma. In 2012, the debut album of C + was released – the trio Phonos ek Mechanes (Bôłt Records). Moreover, the composer’s works were also released on several other CDs.

BALAZS KECSKES D.

Balázs Kecskés D. is a Budapest-based composer, who writes music that calls to listeners’ imaginations offering them the sound space to experience the collision of multiple worlds. His influences range from St Augustine to Friedrich Nietzsche, from Franz Schubert to Katy Perry, and from J. S. Bach to Meredith Monk. His oratorio, Komm has been described as having a “unique profane spirituality, through which the audience can … be part of a truly sacred experience” (Bartók Radio, New Music Journal). Komm was presented at the 67th International Rostrum of Composers in October 2021. His orchestra piece, Blue, commissioned by the Netherlands Philharmonic was recently premiered at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Upcoming projects will include a viola concerto for Máté Szűcs.

His works have been premiered by ensembles such as the Estonian Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir, the U.S.-based Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and Choir and the Budapest String Orchestra. Balázs’s compositions have been performed in Düsseldorf, Riga, London, Tbilisi, and Hot Springs, Virginia.

One of only two composers selected to be mentored in the Peter Eötvös Foundation, Balázs this year will be writing music for groups such as Ars Nova Ensemble, France, and the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Hungary. Balázs won the Istvánffy Benedek Award of the Hungarian Composers’ Union in 2020 and 2019. This award is given annually to an outstanding composer under 40.

As a lecturer at the Composition Department of the Liszt Academy of Music, Balázs teaches baroque and Viennese classical techniques and contemporary music analysis. Through his teaching activity he maintains a living connection with the classical repertoire, while exploring the latest in contemporary techniques together with his students. Understanding music in its broader cultural contexts, Balázs writes essays on everything from electronics and AI in classical music to comparing pop songs to Schubert Lieder.

He holds degrees from the Liszt Academy of Music where he studied with János Vajda, and spent a semester at the Luigi Cherubini Music Conservatory in Firenze as a student of Paolo Furlani.

JINSOO KIM

Jinsoo Kim (b.1969, KOREA) Dr. Kim graduated the College of Music, Seoul National University (B.M.) in 1992, Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M.) in 1996, the State University of New York at Stony Brook(Ph.D.) in 2001. He took a prize the 18th Jungang Music Competition in Seoul, Korea, and won a prize at the 1st Moldova international Composition Competition, Republic of Moldova, in 1993. His orchestral work, “Gui-Chun” was performed by Korean Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center (2001), Pusan Philharmonic (2003). Jinju Philharmonic (2006), Thailand National Orchestra (2006) and KBS Symphonic Orchestra(2007). Also, his music was performed at St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival (Russia, 2004), Tatarstan Contemporary Music Festival (Tatarstan, 2003), Beijing Contemporary Music Festival (China, 2004), Thailand ACL Composers League (Thailand, 2006). Kishiko International Piano Music Festival(Japan, 2007), Indiana University Concert(U.S.A, 2009), and Randspiele Music Festival(Germany,  2010). As an active composer, he is a member of Contemporary Music Society in Seoul, the composers Group ‘Ji-Eum’ and Korean section of ISCM. He taught at Konkuk University from 2002 to 2015. 

Currently, he is a director of Ensemble “Eclat” and a professor at Sookmyung Women’s University.

JAEKYUNG LIM

Jaekyung LIM (b.1978, Korea) graduated the College of Music, Seoul National University (B.M.), Saarbruecken Musikhochschule in Germany (Diplom), University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Austria (Diplom), studied an electronic music course at Forbach in France. His works were actively performed in Saarbruecken, Hanover, Mannheim, Ottweiler, Vienna and invited and lectured at the University of Mongolia in China. Also performed at the International Electronic Music Concert ; “Neue Musik Festival” in Saarbruecken and the Duo Concert in Vienna and was selected as composer by various domestic music organizations, including the Pan Music Festival, ACL-Korea International Conference, CMSS, Music Nomad and KOCOA Music Festival. 

Currently, in Chonnam National University, Chugye College of Arts and University of Seoul  he is striving to foster younger students and serves as a member of the ISCM, ACL-Korea, CMSS and the Korean Association of Composers.

MARSEL NICHAN

Marsel Nichan is a versatile composer living in Stockholm. As a composer, Marsel constantly balances between several sources of cultural inspiration. In that sense, he is a time-typical representative of a growing composer generation that is increasingly being influenced – impressions / expressions – from a multicultural society. For Marsel personally, this complex diversity is not formed into separate incidents or decorative splashes of color, but rather a sort of artistic wholeness, an insoluble composite or alloy. Today’s expansive soundscape provides a treasure trove for his creation, a constant source of inspiration and renewal.
Marsel Nichan’s music is dramatic – for him, all the elements of the music are equally important. He believes that it ́s in that way he can create a holistic picture of what he wants to express with his music. Among his works you will find compositions for both solo instruments and various sizes of chamber ensembles, large orchestral works, works for choir, film music and
electroacoustic music. Marsel have also a strong passion for interdisciplinary projects which he often works with.
In 2006 Marsel finished his music composition studies and received a bachelor ́s degree in musicology with a focus on contemporary music. But his composition studies started already early in the music school when he was 16 years old. He also studied Electroacoustic music composition in Växjö for Anders Blomqvist in 2005 and in Stockholm at EMS in 2009.
During 2013/2014 he studied for Mika Eichenholz (Master Class in conducting). Other teachers/mentors that he has studied for is Hans Parment, Ladis Müller, Thomas Liljeholm and Svante Widén
Marsel runs a small record company since 2012. He is also chairman of the contemporary music association Media Artes and founder/producer/artistic director of the contemporary cultural association Nuova Arte.

EUNKYUNG PARK

Born in Seoul, Eunkyung PARK, whose musical interest is interacting contemporary music with other arts fields and providing strange experience to audience, studied composition in Seoul National University in Korea. After finishing her Master degree’s course works, she went to Paris and studied composition with Mr. Jean-luc Hervé and orchestration with Mr. Pierre Farago at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt, Ecriture with Vincent Rigot at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Créteil. She went back to Korea in 2009, participated many contemporary music festivals including Takefu International Music Festival 2013, Tokyo Wonder Site & Ensemble Modern Academy in Tokyo 2013, and Impuls 2019, also selected for Mise-en Festival in New York 2015, Sweden electronic music studio residency. blurring boundary of phrases, traditional treatment of instrument, she is working on a process to construct an instantly audible connection between material and the sound itself. 

KIM SHIN – WOONG

Kim Shin-Woong was born in South Korea in 1974. He studied music composition with Hongseok Rhie at the Presbyterian University, with Youngjo Lee at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. Additional studies after finishing his master’s program at the Korean National University were held at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Stuttgart, Germany with Marco Stroppa, where he earned his diploma and solistenexamen in composition. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Presbyterian University, teaching composition and music theory.

ANNA SOWA

Anna Sowa is experimental composer and artist, mainly focused on exploring electronic music and fields of performing arts. She is interested in the intersection of  movement, gesture and theatricality in relation to electronic and instrumental music.

Born in 1987 in Limanowa (PL), currently resident in Basel. She graduated from the Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz (PL) with master degree in eurhythmics (2011) and composition (2016) where she had studied with Zygmunt Krauze.  As part of the Erasmus+ Programme she studied composition and visualization with Dietrich Hahne at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen (DE) in years 2014-2015. As a Chinese government scholarship recipient she was student at Shanghai Conservatory of Music (CN) in years 2017-2018. In 2021 she graduated with distinction Specialised Masters in Composition with Caspar Johannes Walter and Johannes Kreidler.

Her works have been performed at the festivals: ECLAT (DE), Warsaw Autumn (PL), Sacrum Profanum (PL), Ad Libitum (PL), Musica Polonica Nova (PL), Periferien Festival (NO), Pergine Festival (IT), Musica Moderna (PL), Musica Privata (PL), Controlled Festival (PL), Touch the Theatre Festival (PL), Fru Improvisation Contact Festival (PL), C.A.R. contemporary art ruhr in Essen (DE), BÉTON Brut & Bruits in Cologne (DE), Festival Forfest (CZ), International Festival of Accordion Music in Przemyśl (PL), Bauhaus/Dessau Kurt Weil Festival (DE), Arkady Kubickiego at Royal Castle in Warsaw (PL), Sao Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival (BR), Theather Basel (CH), Experimental Tuesdays Festival (PL).

Anna Sowa’s works have been performed in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Israel, Italy and Belgium. 

In 2021 she won, together with the association Anomalia, the 3rd edition of the Fringe competition of the Foundatione Haydn Stiftung. As part of the prize, Anna Sowa’s opera Silenzio/Silence was premiered in March 2022 as part of the Festival Oper 2022 in Bolzano.

She received scholarships: KAAD Bonn (Germany) 2015, Künstlerstadt Kalbe
(Germany) 2017, Full Scholarship from the China Government 2017 – 2018 and Witold Lutosławski scholarship (2019) – founded by the Lutosławski’s family and Nicati-de Luze Foundation Scholarship 2020 and 2021 (CH).

She is member of IAWM ( The International Alliance for Women in Music), Young Polish Composer Society, Polish Institute of World Art Studies.

In years 2011 – 2017 she was teacher at the Complex of Music School in Radom (Poland) and lecturer piano improvisation  at The Faculty Eurhythmics of The Grażyna and Kiejstut Academy of Music in Łódź.

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