Musical award winners

Congratulations to Dr Lee Geonyong, director of music at Seoul’s Anglican Cathedral, granted the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 6 April 2018. The Cranmer Award for Worship was first awarded by Archbishop Justin Welby in March 2016. It is named after Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to […]

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Cho Seong-jin wins Chopin Competition

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2015
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Congratulations to Cho Seong-jin for winning first prize in the 17th International Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition. The award was presented on 21 October in Warsaw. The below video is of stage III of the finals on 14 October. Cho starts to play at about 1:13:30 and continues for one hour. Links: chopincompetition2015.com Keywords: Musicians: Cho […]

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Chloe Mun wins 2015 Busoni Competition

by Philip Gowman 5 September 2015
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Congratulations to Chloe Mun for winning the 2015 Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition, held in Bolzano. The Grand Final was held on 4 September. Minsoo Hong won fourth prize in the competition, while Kim Jong-yun was awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Ferruccio Busoni. The overall winner of the […]

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Jongmin Park wins Song prize in Cardiff Singer of the World

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
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Congratulations to Jongmin Park for winning the Song Prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015. The competition ran from 14 to 21 June. Park wins prize money of £7,500. The main prize (and £15,000) was won by Nadine Koutcher from Belarus. Of the twenty competitors, three were from South Korea. Two of […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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Koreans come 1st and 2nd in Hastings Piano comp

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2014
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Congratulations to 17 year-old Lee Taek-gi on winning the first prize (and £10,000) in this year’s Hastings International Piano Competition with his performance of Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto. Runner-up was Sunwoo Yekwon, winning £2,500. The final of the competition was on 8 March. Source: Hastings International Piano Competition Keywords: General post tags: Musical award winners

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German Jazz award for Nah Youn-sun

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2011
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Nice to see Nah Youn-sun getting more recognition: Best International Female Singer in German Echo Jazz Awards http://bit.ly/fXSiv2 #. “I’m surprised but thrilled,” she says. Keywords: Musicians: Nah Youn Sun Other tags: Musical award winners

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New Korean prizewinning work performed in competition

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2010
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Just like last year, the competitors in the Queen Elisabeth Music comp in Brussels play work by a prize-winning Korean. Jeon Min-je won the Grand Prize for composition in the 2009 competition. All 12 finalists in this year’s piano event performed Jeon’s work for piano and orchestra, “Target.” http://bit.ly/aH9U5o # Keywords: General post tags: Musical […]

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The Korean Music Awards

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2010
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The winners of the Korean Music Awards were announced on 30 March. Anna over at Indieful ROK has the complete list. A couple of the winning acts were highlighted by LKL contributors as leading lights of 2009. First, Anna herself voted Apollo 18’s Red Album as her Album of the Year: “the most amazing post-rock […]

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Younee wins best songwriter at Musicaid awards

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2010
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Congratulations to @youneelondon: Best Songwriter & nominated for best female solo artist in Musicaid 2009 Song Contest http://bit.ly/5azmbo. 9:14 PM Jan 4th from bit.ly Keywords: Musicians: Younee Other tags: Musical award winners

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Korea’s got talent

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2009
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While Britons were focused on their own domestic talent competition last week, Korea was demonstrating the depth of its classical music talent at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. The venue was the Palais des Beaux Arts, where earlier this year the Smile of Buddha exhibition was held. The Queen Elisabeth competition traces […]

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Recent music award winners

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2009
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March was a month in which two separate music awards were announced. Here are the winners.

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More Korean success on classical music stage

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2007
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The triennial Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition was held in April in Bamberg, Germany. 2004’s winner, Gustavo Dudamel, was recently appointed misc director of the LA Philharmonic, marking out the competition as an event which identifies the future stars. The 2007 competition featured 12 competitors from Germany, Egypt, Russia, USA, Britain. And Busan-born Sung Shi-yeon […]

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The Classical Hallyu

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2007
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Rain, BoA and their like are not the only singers to be known outside of Korea. In the classical music world, Jo Sumi has long been an international megastar. But there is an up-and-coming collection of Korean singers making their way in the highly competitive world of classical music. At the recent Maria Callas opera […]

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