Unsuk Chin receives New York Philharmonic’s $200K new-music prize, plus commission

Posted on: October 11, 2018

“The bold, inventive composer Unsuk Chin has been a favorite in recent years with the New York Philharmonic, which presented the United States premiere of her ‘Gougalōn: Scenes From a Street Theater’ in 2013, opened its 2014-15 season with her ethereal Clarinet Concerto and programmed her ‘Fantaisie Mécanique’ at the 2016 NY Phil Biennial,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (10/11) New York Times. “On Thursday the orchestra announced that it was presenting her with one of the richest awards in contemporary music, the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, which comes with $200,000 and a commission to write a new piece for the orchestra…. Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1961, Ms. Chin has lived in Berlin since 1988. She is known for unconventional, boundary-pushing work (she studied with Gyorgy Ligeti). Her best-known piece may be her [2007] opera ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ … The fruits of the last Kravis Prize were harvested just last week, when the orchestra played the world premiere of the Dutch modernist Louis Andriessen’s new tone poem ‘Agamemnon,’ which was commissioned when he won the prize in 2016. The prize’s previous winners were Henri Dutilleux and Per Norgard.”

Posted October 11, 2018