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BIOGRAPHY

DONGHOON SHIN – COMPOSER

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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.

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

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

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.

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

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

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).

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

Neil Fischer, The Times

Donghoon Shin studied composition at Seoul National University with Sukhi Kang and Uzong Choe, and with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is now pursuing a PhD in Composition under the supervision of Sir George Benjamin at the King’s College London. He is being mentored by Peter Eötvös through the Embedded Scheme of the Sound and Music as well as the Peter Eötvös Foundation. Unsuk Chin has been another influential mentor and supporter for Donghoon for over a decade. He also attended masterclasses of Tristan Murail, York Höller, Pascal Dusapin and Johannes Schöllhorn.
He is generously supported by the Daewon Cultural Foundation.

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