27-year-old Korean composer Shin Kim won First Prize for his work “The Song of Oneiroi”
(Shin Kim discusses his work with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Photo credit: Anne-Laure Lechat)
As the winner of the Composition Competition at the 2022 Concours de Genève, Shin Kim received a cash prize of 20,000 CHF for his work “The Song of Oneiroi,” written for six voices and microphones.
Kim describes his work as focusing primarily on religion, as well as narrative and psychological phenomena. He is currently completing a master’s degree under Byungmoo Lee at Seoul’s Korea University of the Arts, having also recently studied with Karlheinz Essl in Vienna.
Second Prize was awarded to Yuki Nakahashi (26, Japan) for his work “Settings” for vocal ensemble. Ármin Cservenák (26, Hungary) took Third Prize for his work “Madrigali,” with texts by Petrarch, Michelangelo, and Scelsi.
Nakahashi also received the Young Audience Prize, the Students’ Prize, and the Nicati-De Luze Special Prize, while Cservenák was given the Audience Prize.
The finalists were selected from a total of 93 applicants, all of whom submitted works for a vocal ensemble of six solo singers.
The jury comprised Beat Furrer (Switzerland/Austria), Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark), Unsuk Chin (South Korea), Stefano Gervasoni (Italy), and Isabel Mundry (Germany).
“It was by no means easy to rank the outstanding works of Shin Kim, Yuki Nakahashi, and Ármin Cservenák: the jury was confirmed in its conviction after last night’s concert that all three young composers have equally high hopes for their future careers through the works presented,” said Beat Furrer, the president of the jury.