Tongyeong Music Festival Marks 20th Annual Diversity

Poster for Tongyeong International Music Festival 2022 (Tongyeong International Music Foundation)

The Tongyeong International Music Festival, an annual classical music gala, will take place from March 25 to April 3, under the theme “Vision in Diversity”. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the annual music festival aims to contemplate diversity.

The festival held in the southern coastal city of Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, will be led by composer Chin Un-suk and will feature classical to contemporary music.

For the opening concert, Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska will conduct the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra with Norwegian cellist Truls Mork. They will play the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 and “The Firebird” by Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky. Andrew Norman’s “Play: Level 1” will premiere in Asia.

During the performances “Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances” from March 25 to 27, Partch Ensemble will make its Asian premiere, performing “Daphne of the Dunes” and “Plectra and Percussion Dances” by American composer Partch.

For the closing concert on April 3, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will perform Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major and premier Norman’s “Unstuck” for the first time in Asia. Hungarian pianist Dezso Ranki will also perform together for Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The performances will be conducted by German conductor Markus Stenz.

Two days before the closing, Norman’s “Spiral”, the “Orchestral Concerto” by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and “Missa in Angustiis” by Joseph Haydn will be performed in collaboration with soprano Park Hye-sang, mezzo-soprano An Tea -a, tenor Park Seung-joo and bass Youn Kwang-chul.

Other performers of this year’s TIMF include Czech mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozena, Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, Germany’s oldest Cologne chamber orchestra, Park Jae-hong, winner of the 2021 Ferruccio International Piano Competition, the King’s Singers, the Rascher Saxophone Quartet, the Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra, the Korean Chamber Orchestra. , KBS Symphony Orchestra and more.

Polish director and videographer Zbigniew Rybczynski’s “Orchestra” will also be performed outdoors during the festival. Tickets will be available in accordance with government prevention measures related to COVID-19, according to the Tongyeong International Music Foundation, the organizer of the annual event.

By Jie Ye-eun (

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