Princeton University faculty composer Juri Seo has been awarded the 2019 Goethe Award, given by the Goethe Institut at the Tongyeong International Music Festival. Professor Seo’s composition Respiri – in memory of Jonathan Harvey was selected as the most convincing work at the festival’s Asian Composers Showcase, and the prize includes a monetary award, a commission for a new work, and an invitation to next year’s festival. Congratulations to Prof. Seo!
The Asian Composers Showcase was launched in 2013 by the Goethe-Institut together with the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), to promote the composition of New Music in North East Asia. For six years now, a total of twenty-five compositions by promising young composers have been premiered at TIMF. Goethe-Institut Korea invited composers from the region to take part in a call for scores for the Asian Composers Showcase 2019. From the entries, an international panel of judges selected four participants whose pieces were performed at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in April 2019. On the basis of the performances, Prof. Seo was given the Goethe Award.