Born: 1961, Seoul, South Korea
Unsuk Chin was born in 1961. She studied with Sukhi Kang in Seoul and with György Ligeti in Hamburg; she has lived in Germany since 1985. Her music has attracted the attention of international conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Myung-Whun Chung, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Markus Stenz, Hannu Lintu, Peter Eötvös, Jakub Hrůša, George Benjamin, Kazushi Ono, Roberto Spano and François-Xavier Roth.
Chin’s career has been celebrated with a series of new music awards, so far receiving the 1985 Gaudeamus Award, the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for her Violin Concerto, the 2005 Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, the 2012 Ho-Am Prize, the 2017 Wihuri Sibelius Prize, the 2018 Kravis Prize and the 2019 Bach-Preis. She has been Composer-in-Residence of the Lucerne Festival, the Festival d‘Automne, Stockholm International Composer Festival, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Cologne Philharmonic’s Eight Bridges festival, the São Paulo Symphony, Casa da Música, BBC Symphony's Total Immersion Festival, Melbourne Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more.
In 2007, Chin’s first opera Alice in Wonderland received its world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera, opening the Munich Opera Festival, and it was subsequently released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Portrait CDs of Chin’s music have appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Kairos and Analekta. Regularly commissioned by leading performing organisations around the world, her music has been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Symphony, among others.
Chin has also been active as a concert curator, overseeing the Ars Nova series at the Seoul Philharmonic from 2006 to 2017 - which she founded herself - and, since 2011, as the Artistic Director of the Music of Today series of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
Her works are published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.