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"The most promising new work by a young composer I’ve heard in years."

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

"A composer of colour, a composer of new dimensions – I’m very impatient to see what he can achieve."

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

"Kafka’s Dream shimmered and glimmered, offering a stylised kind of theatricality."

Neil Fischer, The Times

"Kafka’s Dream managed to say exactly what it wanted in a series of vivid, elegant gestures that never outstayed their welcome."

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

BIOGRAPHY

DONGHOON SHIN – COMPOSER

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Born in South Korea in 1983, Donghoon Shin studied composition at Seoul National University with Sukhi Kang and Uzong Choe. He moved to London in 2014, studying with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently combines his composing career with studies for a PhD in Composition supervised by Sir George Benjamin at King’s College London.

In 2010 Donghoon Shin won the Gran Prix of the ANM-BBVA International Composition Concours, followed by the Goethe Award in 2013 from the Goethe Institut and Tongyeong International Music Festival. Major awards over the past decade include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2016, a UK Critics’ Circle Music Award for Young Talent in 2019, and the Claudio Abbado Prize in 2022. In 2017-18 he served as Young Composer in Residence with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group through Sound and Music’s Embedded Scheme and in 2019 was selected as a composer laureate for three years by Ricordilab.

Donghoon Shin’s music has been performed and commissioned by prominent orchestras, ensembles and festivals such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Recherche, Riot Ensemble, EXAUDI ensemble, Festival d’Automne à Paris and Tongyeong International Music Festival.

Recent works include Of Rats and Men (2019) for chamber orchestra, premiered by the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Peter Eötvös, with further performances in Grafenegg, Budapest and Seoul. Kafka’s Dream (2018/19), inspired by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges’s essay about Kafka, was first performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, has travelled to Dresden and will be toured internationally by the Seoul Philharmonic in autumn 2022. A new Cello Concerto for Bruno Delepelaire and the Karajan Academy conducted by Kirill Petrenko is premiered in May 2022 in Berlin.

Donghoon’s music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

UPCOMING EVENTS

11 Oct 2022

Kafka’s Dream for orchestra

(Asian premiere)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea

TICKETS

20 Oct 2022

Kafka’s Dream for orchestra

(Austrian premiere)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria

TICKETS

21 Oct 2022

Kafka’s Dream for orchestra

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria

TICKETS

19 Nov 2022

Double Concerto for sheng, accordion and orchestra

(World premiere)

Bochumer Symphoniker, Wu Wei (sheng), Pascal Contet (acc), Tung-Chieh Chuang (cond.)

Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany

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Mar 2023

Double Concerto for sheng, accordion and orchestra

(Asian premiere)

Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Wu Wei (sheng), Pascal Contet (acc), Soo-Yeol Choi (cond.)

Tongyeong Concert Hall, South Korea

7 April 2023

New Piece for orchestra

(World Premiere)

LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA, USA

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8 April 2023

New Piece for orchestra

LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA, USA

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5 May 2023

New Piece for orchestra

(European Premiere)

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Konzerthalle Bamberg, Germany

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6 May 2023

New Piece for orchestra

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Konzerthalle Bamberg, Germany

TICKETS

21 Dec 2023

New Piece for orchestra

(Asian Premiere)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor TBA

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea

22 Dec 2023

New Piece for orchestra

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor TBA

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea