Unsuk Chin
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62-year-old South Korean composer Unsuk Chin won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.Chin will receive the award, along with prize money of 250,000 euros on May 18 in Munich, Germany,

Born in Seoul in 1961, Chin moved to Germany in 1985 to study contemporary classical music under the teaching of master composer Gyorgy Ligeti at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg.

She rose to international fame when she won the Grawemeyer Award for her violin concerto in 2004. She later took home the Wihuri Sibelius Prize in 2017, the Marie-Josee Kravis Prize in 2018, the Bach Prize in 2019 and the Leonie Sonning Music Prize in 2021.

She has been serving as artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival since 2022.

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