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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




Donghoon Shin is a South Korean composer based in London. His music has been performed and commissioned by prominent orchestras, ensembles and festivals such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Recherche, Riot Ensemble, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Tongyeong International Music Festival, TIMF Ensemble and Exaudi ensemble.

He won numerous prizes including the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2016, Goethe Award by Goethe Institut and Tongyeong International Music Festival in 2013 and the Gran Prix of the ANM-BBVA International Composition Concours in 2010. He also served the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as Young Composer in Residence (2017-18) through the Embedded Scheme of the Sound and Music.

Recent and upcoming commissions and premieres include Kafka’s Dream for London Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Francois-Xavier Roth in March 2019, a new chamber orchestra piece for the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Peter Eötvös (Dec 2019), a new concerto for Sheng player Wu Wei and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (Mar 2019) and a new piano piece for pianist Sunwook Kim at the Wigmore Hall(Jan 2019).


29 Mar 2020

Of Rats and Men for chamber orchestra 

(Asian Premiere)

Prague Philharmonia, Peter Eötvös(cond.)

Tongyeong Concert Hall, South Korea

Tongyeong International Music Festival

1 Nov 2020

Kafka’s Dream for orchestra 

(Asian Premiere)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä(cond.)

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea

12 Nov 2020

Concerto for violin and orchestra

(World Premiere)

Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristóf Baráti (vl.), Boon-Hua Lien (cond.)

Kodály Centre Concert Hall, Pécs, Hungary

2 May 2021

New Orchestra Piece

(World Premiere)

LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Shiyeon Sung (cond.)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA, USA

Oct 2021

New Orchestra Piece

(Asian Premiere)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (cond.)

Venue TBA

2021/22 (TBA)

New Orchestra Piece

(European Premiere)

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor TBA

Venue TBA

2021/22 (TBA)

New Piece for Solo Trombone, Baritone and Large Ensemble

(World Premiere)

Riot Ensemble, Aaron Holloway-Nahum (cond.)

Venue TBA