Music award resumed
An international composition award honoring the renowned late South Korean-born composer Yun Isang has resumed after a sixyear hiatus this year, the event’s organizer said Tuesday.
The Isang Yun Peace Foundation launched the Isang Yun International Composition Prize in 2007 in order to cultivate new composers based on Yun’s musical spirit and achievements and also to expand the exchange of music between the East and West.
But the event was suspended in 2014 due to difficulties in running the foundation. The foundation has now renamed the event the Isang Yun International Composition Award.
“Swiss composer and oboist Heinz Holliger and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have been selected as the co-winners of the 2019 Isang Yun International Composition Award,” the foundation said.
The 80-year-old Holliger had shared a deep musical communion with Yun and dedicated one of his oboe pieces to him. He also joined appeals for Yun’s release in 1967, when the Korean composer was embroiled in a spy case.
The 67-year-old Saariaho was cited as saying that she was significantly inspired by Yun’s music and philosophy when she was young.
Yun was at the peak of his celebrity as a composer in Europe in 1967, when he was abducted by the South Korean secret service and taken from Berlin to Seoul.