Unsuk Chin

Composition Jury 2022


Unsuk Chin was born in 1961 in Seoul, and she has lived in Germany since 1985. Her music has attracted the attention of international conductors such as Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Fabio Luisi, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Myung-Whun Chung, George Benjamin, Susanna Mälkki, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, François-Xavier Roth, Hannu Lintu, Jakub Hrusa, Kazushi Ono and Ilan Volkov.

Regularly commissioned by leading performing organisations worldwide, Chin's music has been performed by orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, among others. She has been Composer-in-Residence of the Lucerne Festival, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the BBC’s Total Immersion Festival, and many more.

In 2007, Chin’s first opera Alice in Wonderland received its world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera, opening the Munich Opera Festival, and released on DVD and Blu-ray by Unitel Classica. Her work has been celebrated with a series of classical music awards such as the Leonie Sonning Prize, the Sibelius Prize, the Hamburg Bach Prize, the Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the Prince Pierre Foundation Music Awardand the Grawemeyer Award. 

Chin has also been active as a concert curator. She was Artistic Director of the Seoul Philharmonic's Ars Nova series from 2006 to 2017, of the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra's Music of Today series from 2011 to 2020, from 2022 onwards as Artistic Director of the International Tongyeong Music Festival, and in 2023 as Director of the Seoul Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Portrait CDs of Unsuk Chin's music have appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Kairos and Analekta.