2014 Roche Commisions Unsuk Chin

Unsuk Chin was granted the seventh Roche Commissions award. Her composition,"Le Silence des Sirènes" for soprano and orchestra, had its world premiere in Lucerne on August 23, 2014 by Barbara Hannigan and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Unsuk Chin is one of the world’s most sought-after composers. Now resident in Berlin, she studied composition first in her native city of Seoul, then from 1985 until 1988 with György Ligeti in Hamburg. The breakthrough came in 1985, when she was awarded First Prize in the Gaudeamus competition in Amsterdam. Unsuk Chin’s musical idiom is modern but non-doctrinaire, lyrical and powerfully expressive. Her works have been performed by some of the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel and Kent Nagano. She has been composer in residence with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Philharmonie Essen.


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