Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sound and Music have appointed Korean composer Donghoon Shin as Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for the 2017/18 season as part of Sound and Music Embedded programme.

The BCMG Apprentice Composer Residency is a two-way process: it provides a young composer with a sustained development period ‘in-house’ with BCMG, and brings to BCMG a valuable chance to work intensively with some of the most promising young creative talents. The residency aims to give a supportive intervention just at the right moment in a young composer’s career, allowing them to hone their art, experiment, spend time with BCMG’s outstanding players, and contribute to the ensemble’s innovative learning & participation work. The post has been pivotal for young composers’ careers. Now in its seventh year, and the fifth collaboration with Sound and Music, an impressive roster of previous BCMG apprentice composers includes Charlotte Bray (2010), Seán Clancy (2011), Joanna Lee (2012), Shiori Usui (2013) Arne Gieshoff (2014) and Patrick Brennan (2015).

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Donghoon Shin studied composition at the Seoul National University with Sukhi Kang, and with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also attended masterclasses of Unsuk Chin, Tristan Murail, York Höller, Pascal Dusapin and Johannes Schöllhorn. His music has been commissioned and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Orquesta Nacional de España, Ensemble Recherche and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Péter Eötvös and François-Xavier Roth among others. He has recently received a 10-minute commission from the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Panufnik Scheme 2016. He was also one of the winners of the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.

BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme, funded by Leverhulme Trust, is a joint initiative with Sound and Music, where it is part of Sound and Music’s Embedded programme, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Stephan Meier, Artistic Director of BCMG comments: “In appointing Donghoon Shin we are pleased to be continuing a fruitful collaboration with Sound and Music. The joy of this scheme is to be able to work intensively with a composer over a prolonged period of time and to watch as their understanding of the ensemble, and the music that they write develops. Donghoon is an extraordinary composer who is keen to develop his practice. As a Korean composer who has been taught on different continents, he looks for ways to combine traditions in his music and BCMG is very glad to offer him a new opportunity to do just that. We are looking forward to his stay with us, his input and to exchanging ideas during our 30th anniversary 2017-18 season.”

During the year Donghoon Shin will be supported by composer-mentors and will have the opportunity to workshop a new chamber work with BCMG’s players several months before its first performance - a valuable opportunity for an emerging composer – as well as working with BCMG’s Learning and Participation Department on the creation of a new work for young performers. He comments: “I am looking forward to enhancing my musical language and voice by working with the fantastic musicians of BCMG”.


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