This year’s Ernst von Siemens Music Prize has been awarded to the composer Unsuk Chin. We congratulate the South Korean composer, with whom the Berliner Philharmoniker has worked closely with since 2005. Born, raised and educated in Seoul, she came to Germany in 1985 on an academic exchange scholarship, studying under György Ligeti in Hamburg before moving to Berlin as a freelance composer. With her tightly-crafted, sensuous and iridescent music, Unsuk Chin has become one of the leading composers of our time.
Her fruitful collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker is documented in a recently-released edition of recordings of Chin’s solo and orchestral works with Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Sakari Oramo and Sir Simon Rattle. The edition also includes Chorós Chordón, a work commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, which the orchestra premiered in 2017 with Simon Rattle.
The Ernst von Siemens Music Prize is considered the “Nobel Prize” of music, and is awarded annually to composers, performers and musicologists for outstanding achievements.