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KNSO Composers’ Atelier The Korean National Symphony Orchestra has been supporting composers such as Texu Kim, Paul Yeon Lee, Myung-hoon Park, and Yie-eun Chun since 2014. It has introduced the mid- to long-term composer cultivation system in which composers can contemplate to their heart’s content and study the orchestra, so as to acilitate creative endeavors in classical music. The atelier is held every two years and is aimed at composers between the ages of 23 and 39. The composer who is chosen as the best composer will be given the opportunity to work as a composer-in-residence at the Korean National Symphony Orchestra for two years.

KNSO Composers’ AtelierCURRICULUM

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Meeting with a Mentor & Mentoring

Participating composers will share various opinions on music through meetings with a mentor and mentoring.

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Lectures are provided by mentors and external experts for composers to learn about useful knowledge and refinement in various areas.

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Orchestra Reading

The creative music works composed by the five participating composers, who are working together with their mentor for one year, will be premiered with the Korean National Symphony Orchestra, and then they will gain feedback from a conductor, performers, and mentors.




Texu KIM

  • ppointed as a composer-in-residence at the Korean National Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2016.
  • on the Barlow Prize, the Copland House Residency Award, the International Isang Yun Composition Award, etc.
  • ppointed for the Ensemble Modern, the National Orchestra of Korea, the Seoul International Music Festival, etc.
  • tanding professor of Composition and Music Theory Dept. at San Diego State University

Dieter Ammann



Dieter Ammann

  • Won the award for composition of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, etc.
  • Appointed as a composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, and taught composition at the music academy.
  • Appointed for the BBC Radio 3, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, etc.
  • Standing professor at the Lucerne School of Music.

Aaron Jay Kernis



Aaron Jay Kernis

  • Won the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, and the Grawemeyer Award.
  • Appointed as the 1stdirectoroftheMinnesotaOrchestra’sComposersInstitute.
  • Appointed for the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, etc.
  • Standing professor at the Yale School of Music.

Participating Composers

Eunsung Kim

Eunsung Kim / 김은성

  • Seoul National University, Composition (B.M.)
  • Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Composition (M.D.)
  • Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Composition (Konzertexamen)
  • Music Composition Prize of the Thuringia Germany (2016)
  • Winner of Joseph Joachim Composition Competition (2015)
  • Winner of Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn University Competition (2014)
  • ‘The Parallax View’ for Sanjodaegeum, Flute and String Ensemble (Gonggansori Composers Concert, Sejong Center for the performing Arts, 2022)
  • ‘re’ for String Quartet (Asian Composers Showcase, Tongyeong Concert Hall, 2021)
  • ‘Geraengi’ for Daegeum, Flute and Orchestra (The 12th ARKO Contemporary Orchestra Music Festival, Seoul Arts Center, 2021)
  • ‘im Innersten’ for Chamber Orchestra (performed by Daegu International Symphony Orchestra, 2019)
  • ‘Cold Stream’ for Orchestra (The 10th ARKO Contemporary Orchestra Music Festival, performed by KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Arts Center, 2019)
  • Studied under Tai-Bong Chung, Michael Obst, Ulrich Kreppein

Jaeduk Kim

Jaeduk Kim / 김재덕

  • Korea National University of Arts, Composition / Orchestra Conducting (B.M.)
  • Haute école de musique de Genève, Composition (M.M.) – funded scholarship by Foundation Hans wilsdorf (Rolex SA)
  • Universität Musik und darstellnde kunst Wien, Composition / Orchestra Conducting (Exchange Student)
  • 2018 Composition of Joongang Music Concours, 1st prize
  • 2016 The Music Association of Korea Competition(Orchestra category), 1st prize.
  • Masterclass by renowned composers: Brian Ferneyhough, Clara Ianoota, Chaya Czernowin, Franck Bedrossiaen, Unsuk Chin
  • ‘Paysage...’ for string nonet [arrière, second, première plan] (Commissioned and premiered by NEC Ensemble, 2022)
  • ‘Mechanical imporovisation’ for accordion (Premiered by Ensemble Via.Nova, 2022)
  • ‘Son de Lumière- refletée dans le lac’ for string ensemble, two percussionists, and piano solo (Commissioned and premiered by TIMF Ensemble, Seoul Arts Center, 2022)
  • La vision de l’extase (Premiered by Barcelona Modern Ensemble, 2021)
  • Studied under Michael Jarrell, Luis Naôn, Gilbert Nouno, Jean-luc Hervé, Detlev Müller Siemens, Dongjin Bae, Byungmoo Lee, Sungki Kim, Insik Lee

Jaebong Rho

Jaebong Rho / 노재봉

  • Pusan National University, Composition (B.M.)
  • ‘ATEM’ for flute, oboe, clarinet and accordion (29th Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival, 2019)
  • ‘limen’ for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano and six other works (New Music Concert: Works of Jaebong Rho, 2021)
  • ‘morii’ for orchestra (Commissioned by the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, 2022)
  • ‘Sans Soleil: Hommage à Chris Marker’ for orchestra (Busan Cultural Center, 2022)
  • Studied with Sooran Jeong

Areum Lee

Areum Lee / 이아름

  • Hanyang University, Composition (B.M.)
  • Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Composition (M.M.)
  • Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, Composition (Konzertexamen)
  • ‘Racham’ for ensemble (Ilshin Hall, World Premiere, 2022)
  • ‘Event horizon’ for quintet (Commissioned-Premiere, 2022)
  • ‘Staub’ for string quartet (Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Commissioned-Premiere, 2022)
  • ‘Odem II’ for orchestra (Flora Sinfonie Orchester Commissioned-Premiere, 2022)
  • ‘Stille’ for ensemble (Neue Musik Eckernförde, 2021)
  • Studied under Shihyong Kim, Cheonwook Kim, Jeonghoon Kim, Jörg Birkenkötter, José María Sánchez-Verdú

Younje Cho

Younje Cho / 조윤제

  • Yonsei University, Composition (B.M.)
  • Indiana University, Composition (M.M.), Double majoring in Computer Music Composition (M.C.M.)
  • Indiana University, Associate Instructor of Music Theory
  • ‘Feast of Particles’ for orchestra, 2019 (Selected for the 2023 American Composers Orchestra (ACO) Earshot Readings, Received honorable mentions and a commission on the 2022 Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival “Artinno Award” International Orchestral Composition Competition)
  • ‘For All We Took’ for soprano and sinfonietta (commissioned by and written for the IU New Music Ensemble, 2023)
  • ‘Virtual Cloud’ for clarinet, harp, and cello (Studzinski Hall, Bowdoin International Music Festival, 2022)
  • ‘Shadow’ for violin, 3 violas, and cello (Studzinski Hall, Bowdoin International Music Festival, 2022)
  • ‘Scale’, 2019 (Auer Hall, Indiana University, 2021)
  • ‘The Arrow and the Song’ for soprano and sextet (2021) (winner of Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award, Auer Hall, Indiana University)
  • ‘Hallucination’ for solo flute, 2021 (winner of third prize in the 2022 American Prize, Auer Hall, Indiana University)
  • Studied under David Dzubay, Aaron Travers, Andreia Pinto Correia, P.Q. Phan, John Gibson, Chi Wang, Jiesun Lim, Hong-Seok Lee, Yie-Eun Chun

She is well-accomplished with both talent and skills.
Her different colors and interesting textures in music are noteworthy.

- Comment by 2021 Composers’ Atelier’s judge -

Jungyoon Wie

Jungyoon Wie / 위정윤

  • Earned her B.A. in Music Theory and Composition at the College of Wooster.
  • Received her D.M.A. in Composition at the University of Michigan.
  • Won the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2020.
  • Awarded the Rackham Fellowship from the University of Michigan in 2020.
  • The Del Sol String Quartet won the Just Intonation: Call for Proposal in 2019.

A trustworthy composer you can entrust work to get done right.
She is highly skilled in her field and exhibits romantic imagination.

- Comment by 2021 Composers’ Atelier’s judge -

Youngjin Lim

Youngjin Lim / 임영진

  • Earned his B.A. in Composition at Sangmyung University.
  • Received his M.A. in Composition from the Royal College of Music in London.
  • Studied the Meister Klasse of Electronic Music Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
  • Won 2nd prize (tie for 1st prize) at the 2019 Franz Josef Reinl Foundation International Music Competition.
  • Won 3rd prize (tie for 2nd prize) at the 2018 Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition.
  • Won a prize at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2018 Call for Works.
  • Won a runner-up prize in the Orchestral Category at the 1st Agape International Church Music Composition Competition & Festival in 2016.

I am eagerly looking forward to his future musical accomplishments.
His colorful imagination within a free form and flow of music garners a keen interest.

- Comment by 2021 Composers’ Atelier’s judge -

Min-Jae Jeon

Min-Jae Jeon / 전민재

  • Studied Composition at the Korea National University of Arts and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.
  • Composer-in-residence at Ujung Art Center in 2014.
  • Selected one of the top 10 artists for the next generation by Auditorium monthly magazine in 2013.
  • Won a participation prize the 7th Daewon Music Awards in 2013.
  • Won the Youngest Musician Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2009.
  • Lecturer at the Korea National Institute for Gifted in Arts, and the Korea National University of Arts.

She has a well-rounded, solid musical foundation.
Her music built on her solid foundation makes one eager to hear more.

- Comment by 2021 Composers’ Atelier’s judge -

Yie-eun Chun

Yie-eun Chun / 전예은

  • Earned her B.A. in Composition at Seoul National University.
  • Earned her M.A. in Composition at Eastman School of Music.
  • Earned her D.M.A. in Composition at Indiana University,
  • Won a prize in the Music Category at the 1st Young Artist Award of the National Academy of Arts, ROK in 2022.
  • Won the Young Composer Prize at the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2013.
  • Appointed as a composer-in-residence and chosen for a full scholarship at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2013.
  • Lecturer (Composition and Music Theory) at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, etc.

She’s got a talented ear for music.
I am curious about how her time sense and balance will harmonize with orchestral music.

- Comment by 2021 Composers’ Atelier’s judge -

Hyun-sik Chung

Hyun-sik Chung / 정현식

  • Earned his B.A. in Composition at Yonsei University.
  • Performed at the Chosunilbo Debut Concert in 2017.
  • Won 3rd prize (tie for 2nd prize) at the Jungang Music Concours in 2015.
  • Won the 1st-place prize at the Music Association of Korea Concours in 2008.
  • Co-planner and performer for the Some Music Series project.


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