Chin Unsuk (진은숙)

Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Conerto will be getting its UK premiere on 22 October as part of the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series. It is scored for orchestra with a huge percussion session: the publisher’s website lists such instruments as a bell-tree, washboard, wine glass in B-flat, 2 fishing reels and a vibraslap. Kent Nagano, who […]

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National Youth Orchestra premieres new Unsuk Chin commission

by Events Editor 5 April 2015
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The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has commissioned a new work by Unsuk Chin which will be premiered at a concert at Sage Gateshead on 9 April. The programme, which also includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Percy Grainger’s eccentric and elaborately-scored The Warriors, will be broadcast live on Radio 3 at 7:30pm, and […]

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Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland — a UK premiere at the Barbican

by Events Editor 28 February 2015
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Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Unsuk Chin’s sparkling opera live at the Barbican on 8 March. Book on the Barbican website now. Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland Multimedia staging by Netia Jones (UK Premiere) 8 March 2015 / 19:30 Lewis Carroll’s beloved, dreamlike stories are re-imagined in this UK premiere production of Unsuk Chin’s […]

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Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etudes committed to disk

by Events Editor 11 January 2015
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The fiendishly difficult Etudes by Unsuk Chin have been recorded by British pianist Clare Hammond in a disc sponsored by the British Korean Society. It will be released by BIS Records on 2 February and there is a launch event (including a short recital of works from the CD) at the Guildhall School of Music […]

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The Seoul Philharmonic at the BBC Proms – with a Proms Plus intro

by Events Editor 4 August 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic will be at the BBC Proms under their music director Myung-Whun Chung on 27 August. The programme includes work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin. The Prom is preceded by a free talk in the Royal College of Music, 5:45pm-6:30pm, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, focusing on the orchestra and […]

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Seoul Philharmonic records Unsuk Chin for DG

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Chung Myung-whun were in the recording studio for Deutsche Grammophon last month recording Unsuk Chin’s concertos for Sheng (with Wu Wei), Piano (with Sunwook Kim) and Cello (with Alban Gerhardt – who premiered the work at the BBC Proms in 2009 – LKL review here). The orchestra will be coming […]

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Minjung Baek celebrates Debussy’s 150th anniversary

by Events Editor 1 July 2012
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Claude Debussy was born on 22 August 1962, and to celebrate his 150th anniversary Busan-born pianist Minjung Baek will be giving three lunchtime recitals in the City this month: 3 July at St Andrew Holborn, 10 July at St Anne & Agnes, Gresham Street (both as part of the City of London Festival) and 11 […]

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MinJung Baek at St Martin-in-the-Fields

by Events Editor 19 January 2012
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I don’t often try to make it to a West End lunchtime recital from the fastnesses of Canary Wharf. But I’m going to make an exception this Friday to try to get to hear MinJung Baek. The programme is an exciting one, including a piano work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who had a whole […]

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FT asks for Unsuk Chin

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2011
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The FT reviews Seoul Philharmonic / Chung Myung-whun playing Debussy and Ravel on DG, a release which coincides with their debut at the Edinburgh Festival http://t.co/Tf9s3on # The playing has precision and delicacy, showcased in the Mother Goose suite, but also the machine-like evenness characteristic of Asian orchestras. La Mer and La Valse are too […]

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Top Korean artists at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival

by Events Editor 29 July 2011
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Every year we get a range of Korean performers at the Edinburgh Fringe. But the focus of the festival in 2011 is the vibrant and diverse cultures of Asia. Consequently this year we’ve got three top-notch groups who have been invited as part of the main festival itself. So for the first time this year […]

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Unsuk Chin explains why classical music in Korea isn’t thriving

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2011
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There’s a fascinating interview with the hugely talented composer Unsuk Chin in the Joongang Ilbo today. LKL has been an unashamed fan of Chin since the world premiere of her Cello Concerto in London in 2009, and we braved a 12-hour marathon session of performances of her music at London’s Barbican Centre earlier this month. […]

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“In my dreams, I’m Alice in Wonderland”: a day in Unsuk Chin’s fantasy landscapes

by Philip Gowman 14 April 2011
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On 9 April the Barbican in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama staged a whole day of concerts, recitals and talks focusing on the Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin. The day featured at least four UK premieres, two orchestras, a choir, and the largest stage the Barbican has ever had to build – […]

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Unsuk Chin on BBC Woman’s Hour

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2011
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You can catch Unsuk Chin’s appearance on Woman’s Hour on BBC iPlayer in an interview with Jane Garvey. 24 mins 45 seconds in. http://bbc.in/idy0Vq # Keywords: Musicians: Chin Unsuk (진은숙)

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Get totally immersed in Unsuk Chin this Saturday

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2011
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Promenaders who were bowled over by Unsuk Chin’s Cello concerto in the Albert Hall in 2009 might be planning on a trip to the Edinburgh Festival to hear Šu, her new concerto for Sheng, a 17-pipe traditional Chinese mouth organ, to be performed by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Chung Myung-whun at the helm. There’s […]

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Unsuk Chin joins LPO team

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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London’s Philharmonia Orchestra announces Unsuk Chin as the new Artistic Director of the Music of Today series http://bit.ly/i8FOkJ # Keywords: Musicians: Chin Unsuk (진은숙)

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Unsuk Chin Cello Concerto on Maestrocam

by Philip Gowman 9 September 2009
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Unsuk Chin’s cello concerto at the Proms: still available on BBC MaestroCam http://bit.ly/4TKdk #. Well worth your time. Keywords: Musicians: Chin Unsuk (진은숙)

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Concert Review: Unsuk Chin at the BBC Proms — A new work enters the Cello repertoire

by Philip Gowman 20 August 2009
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Last Thursday (13 August) saw the world premiere of the cello concerto by Unsuk Chin, a BBC commission. Chin, who was born in Korea in 1961, has been composer-in-residence for both the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She is a careful worker: the new work was originally scheduled for the 2007 Prom […]

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