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Acclaimed young composer Donghoon Shin has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Boosey & Hawkes to represent future works worldwide. His forthcoming scores include commissions from major international groups including the Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, for premiere in coming seasons.


Boosey and Hawkes is delighted to welcome South Korean-born and London-based composer Donghoon Shin to its publishing roster. The new agreement, signed this month, covers his future works, while his earlier output continues to be published by Ricordi in Berlin under its Ricordilab scheme. Winner of the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Composition Prize and the 2022 Claudio Abbado Prize, Donghoon Shin is currently completing Doctoral studies at King’s College London alongside his composing career.

Future premieres of works by Donghoon Shin include a Cello Concerto (published by Ricordi) receiving its first performance from Bruno Delepelaire and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy under Kirill Petrenko on 7 May with a live-stream on the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall. First works under the new Boosey & Hawkes contract will be a Double Concerto for shengist Wu Wei and accordionist Pascal Contet and a new orchestral work commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Bamberg Symphony, with both scores due their premieres in the 2022/23 season.

Donghoon Shin has attracted attention particularly for his dynamic and colourful ensemble and orchestral works. He invents startling new colours from imaginative combinations of instruments, while exploring intertextual themes to create new meanings. His modern language offers a refined reinterpretation of early 20th century models such as Mahler and Berg, particularly emulating their emotional charge, combined with contemporary techniques. His works employ a wide range of moods, even within a single piece, shifting from reflective stillness to driving energy generated through lively counterpoint. His compositional mentors include Sukhi Kang, George Benjamin, Unsuk Chin, Julian Anderson and Peter Eötvös.

Janis Susskind, Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes, comments: “Donghoon Shin has developed his own distinctive voice and special palate of instrumental colour and his compositional future shows great promise. It is a pleasure to welcome him to Boosey & Hawkes, and we look forward to supporting him in his further development and to building his international profile.”

Donghoon Shin comments: “I am very pleased to sign with Boosey & Hawkes, which has always been my dream publisher. I grew up studying the scores published by B&H, from Richard Strauss and Stravinsky to John Adams and Unsuk Chin. It is a great honour to be included in the same catalogue with them. I am very much looking forward to making every step of my journey ahead together with the fabulous B&H team.”

For further information visit:
> Donghoon Shin at Boosey & Hawkes
> Donghoon Shin’s website

About Donghoon Shin
Born in South Korea in 1983, Donghoon Shin studied composition at Seoul National University with Sukhi Kang and Uzong Choe. He moved to London in 2014, studying with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently combines his composing career with studies for a PhD in Composition supervised by Sir George Benjamin at King’s College London.

In 2010 Donghoon Shin won the Gran Prix of the ANM-BBVA International Composition Concours, followed by the Goethe Award in 2013 from the Goethe Institut and Tongyeong International Music Festival. Major awards over the past decade include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2016, a UK Critics’ Circle Music Award for Young Talent in 2019, and the Claudio Abbado Prize in 2022. In 2017-18 he served as Young Composer in Residence with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group through Sound and Music’s Embedded Scheme and in 2019 was selected as a composer laureate for three years by Ricordilab.

Donghoon Shin’s music has been performed and commissioned by prominent orchestras, ensembles and festivals such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Recherche, Riot Ensemble, EXAUDI ensemble, Festival d’Automne à Paris and Tongyeong International Music Festival.

Recent works include Of Rats and Men (2019) for chamber orchestra, premiered by the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Peter Eötvös, with further performances in Grafenegg, Budapest and Seoul. Kafka’s Dream (2018/19), inspired by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges’s essay about Kafka, was first performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, has travelled to Dresden and will be toured internationally by the Seoul Philharmonic in autumn 2022. A new Cello Concerto for Bruno Delepelaire and the Karajan Academy conducted by Kirill Petrenko is premiered in May 2022 in Berlin.

About Boosey & Hawkes
Boosey & Hawkes, a Concord company, is the world’s leading publisher of contemporary classical music. Its blue chip catalogue of 20th-century masters includes Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Strauss and Stravinsky alongside an eminent front list of composers that includes John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Anna Clyne, Brett Dean, Detlev Glanert, Osvaldo Golijov, HK Gruber, Karl Jenkins, Elena Kats-Chernin, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Eric Whitacre.
> www.boosey.com

About Concord Music Publishing
Concord Music Publishing is a global, full-service, independent music publisher offering bespoke creative support from its A&R, Synchronization and Marketing teams and diligent administration by its in-house Copyright, Licensing, Income Tracking and Royalty departments. Based in Nashville with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Berlin, Concord Music Publishing owns or administers more than 600,000 copyrighted musical works. Spanning nearly two centuries of song, through a vast array of genres and territories, Concord represents the world’s most celebrated songwriters, composers and lyricists.
> www.concord.com

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VP Promotion, Boosey & Hawkes

Photo: Lee Tae Kyung, the Chosunilbo

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