It has been announced this week that 57-year-old Korean composer Unsuk Chin has been awarded the 2018 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.
A former recipient of the Grawemeyer, Wihuri Sibelius and Arnold Schoenberg compositional prizes, Unsuk will receive US $200,000 – plus a commission to write a new symphonic work for the ensemble.
“It is important that leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic shine a light on the music of our time, and I am grateful to the Kravises for making it possible for us to do so through this significant prize …” New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden has said.
“Unsuk Chin’s musical language speaks with unique color and poetry, and we at the New York Philharmonic look forward to sharing the musical worlds she creates,” he has said.
“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 has said.
“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,” she has said.
Previous recipients include Henri Dutilleux and Per Norgard.