Unsuk Chin is one of the world’s most successful living composers, with her music played across the globe by some of the leading conductors, orchestras and soloists. Her inspiring new work, The Song of the Children of the Stars - a mixed piece for orchestra, boys choir, mixed choir and organ - received its European premiere at Southbank Centre in April 2018. Ahead of this much anticipated performance she sat down with musicologist Jonathan Cross, for the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In this interview the composer discusses her background, from growing up with music in Seoul to her own musical education and what it was like to study under Gyorgy Ligeti. Chin also talks us through her new composition, how it was born of a realisation that no matter how different we are, we are all children of the stars, and how it is intended as a hopeful piece.
The European premiere of Unsuk Chin’s The Song of the Children of the Stars, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen has now passed.
However, there are hundreds of opportunities to enjoy classical music at Southbank Centre in Royal Festival Hall and the recently reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.