Composer Unsuk Chin receives Korea’s Ho-Am Prize

Charlotte Smith16th Apr 2012
Unsuk Chin receives the Ho-Am Prize (photo: Eric Richmond/ArenaPAL)Unsuk Chin receives the Ho-Am Prize (photo: Eric Richmond/ArenaPAL)

Composer Unsuk Chin has been awarded Korea’s Ho-Am Prize, worth €200,000. Funded by the Samsung Group and launched in 1991, the award is given annually in five disciplines – Science, Engineering, Medicine, The Arts, and Community Service. The Arts prize recognises ‘those who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of Culture and The Arts through their creative efforts and accomplishments’.

Artistic director of the Seoul Philharmonic’s contemporary series and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today, Korean-born Chin has lived in Berlin since 1988. She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös and Neeme Järvi. She was the winner of the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, the 2005 Schoenberg Prize and the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award. Her most recent composition, cosmigimmicks, is premiered on April 26 by the Nieuw Ensemble in Amsterdam.

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