Composer Portraits: Unsuk Chin

 Born and raised in 1960s South Korea, Unsuk Chin developed a one-of-a-kind musical voice from an early age. Largely self-taught, she received her first formal training at Seoul National University, where encounters with avant-garde Western forms, sounds, and techniques made a big impression. She moved to Europe and studied with Ligeti. Her music—colorfully orchestrated, rhythmically vital, and influenced by studies in electronics—has since won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and been championed by orchestras, new-music bands, and conductors worldwide.

Performers

Repertoire

  • Gradus ad infinitum (1989) U.S. premiere

  • Etudes No. 5 & 6 from Six Piano Etudes (1999)

  • snagS&Snarls (2003-04) New York premiere

  • Double Concerto for piano, percussion, and ensemble (2002) New York premiere