South Korean composer wins Geneva music competition, Japanese 2nd

Shin Kim of South Korea won first prize in the composition division at an international competition for young musicians in Switzerland on Wednesday, followed by Japan’s Yuki Nakahashi, the competition organizer said.

The 27-year-old South Korean is awarded 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,000) for winning first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in Geneva. Armin Cservenak of Hungary, 27, was third.

Shin Kim (R) of South Korea and Yuki Nakahashi (C) of Japan answer questions from a master of ceremonies at the Geneva International Music Competition in Geneva on October 26, 2022. (Kyodo)

Nakahashi, who studied under Japanese composer Ichiro Nodaira at Tokyo University of the Arts and is now a student at the Paris Conservatory, also won three of four additional special prizes awarded in the composition category, including those chosen by music students and members. public.

Nakahashi, 27, said he was happy with the results. “The most impressive thing is that I got to play with wonderful performers,” he said.

Kim won first prize for a contemporary piece titled “The Song of Oneiroi” which he composed for the competition.

“It means a lot to me to receive this award because the Geneva competition is one of the biggest in the world. I think it’s a big first step for me as a composer,” he said afterward. the award ceremony.

A graduate of the Korea University of Arts where he studied with South Korean composer Byungmoo Lee, Kim is currently a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

“The rich sound quality of Kim’s piece was fantastic,” said jury president Beat Furrer. “Screams, screams, soft and tense sounds, the sonic range was huge,” he added.

The Geneva competition, founded in 1939 to promote talented young musicians, is considered a springboard to an international career.

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