Mu­sic award re­sumed

The Korea Times - - CULTURE -

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.

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