We are delighted to announce that Unsuk Chin has been awarded The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. The Prize consists of $200,000 and a commission for the New York Philharmonic. She is the fourth recipient, after Henri Dutilleux, Per Nørgård, and Louis Andriessen.
“I am deeply honored to have been bestowed with The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, having such great respect and admiration for my predecessors and for the New York Philharmonic,” Unsuk Chin said. “Working with this exceptional orchestra for the first time some years ago, I immediately felt at home, both musically and personally, feeling such a close connection and such an intriguing sense of adventure with these wonderful musicians. I hugely admire the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to new composers and I am thrilled to have a chance to collaborate with them on a new work of mine.”
Philharmonic audiences may remember the 2013 US Premiere of her Gougalōn: Scenes from a Street Theater, named one of New York magazine’s “10 Best Classical Performances of the Year”; the US Premiere of her Philharmonic co-commissioned Clarinet Concerto, which Kari Kriikku performed in the 2014 opening subscription program (hear an excerpt below); and her Fantaisie mécanique performed by the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni at the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
“What Unsuk Chin writes is a music of the iridescent,” writes Paul Griffiths. “Just as the colors on the wing of a butterfly will seem to shift and flicker in the light, so this music is constantly alive with bewildering and enthralling possibility.” Read more in Unsuk Chin: An Appreciation.
(Photo: Priska Ketterer)