Younghi Pagh-Paan
Younghi PaghPaan was born in 1945 in Cheondu, South Korea. From 1965 to 1971 she studied at the Seoul National University, prior to coming to Germany on a DAAD scholarship. From 1974 Younghi PaghPaan studied at the Freiburg Musikhochschule, where her teachers included Klaus Huber (composition), Brian Ferneyhough (analysis), Peter Förtig (music theory) and Edith Picht-Axenfeld (piano); she concluded her studies in 1979.
She gained international attention through the performance of her orchestral work «SORI» at the Donaueschingen Festival in 1980. Her works, which seek to renew the nature of Korean musical culture by means of various Western composition techniques, aroused increasing interest at the most important new music festivals, and in concert series throughout Europe.
Younghi PaghPaan has won numerous awards for her output: in 1978 the 1st Prize at the 5th Composers Seminar in Boswil (Switzerland), in 1979 the 1st Prize at the Rostrum of Composers (Unesco, Pads), as well as the NaPa Music Prize in Korea, and in 1980 the 1st Prize of the City of Stuttgart. 1980/1981 she had a scholarship at the Südwestfunk’s HeinrichStrobel-Stiftung, and in 1985 a scholarship from the Kunststiftung of Baden-Württemberg. In 1995 she was awarded the Heidelberg Artists Prize.
1995 Portrait concert at the Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Seminar & Festival, Japan 1996 Dutch tour by the Nieuw Ensemble with «SOWON/Wunsch» (premiered Witten, WDR commission); lecturer at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music.
1997 Portrait concert at the Easter Festival '97 Music of the Religions in Innsbruck.
1998 Premieres of «GOUN NIM» for chamber orchestra to mark the reopening of the Bremen Kunsthalle; «sowon ... borira» for female voice and orchestra during the Donaueschingen Festival; »HWANGTO W for five voices at the Frau Musica Nova festival in Cologne.
1999 Premiere of «BIYU» for soprano and ensemble, commissioned by Ensemble Phorminx for the Goethe Year, with a subsequent German tour.
2000 «Io» for 9 instrumentalists commissioned by Expo 2000, premiered in the German Pavilion; premiere of «Toaring Hooves» for seven instruments and wind noises at Ulan Bator in Mongolia.
2001 Premiere of «Dorthin, wo der Himmel endet» for orchestra with mezzosoprano and six male voices, commissioned for the 18th Music Biennale in Berlin 2001.
2004 along with Klaus Huber, workshop and concerts at the Trossingen Conservatory (New Chamber Music Week).
2005 Portrait concert at the KunstRaum in DrochtersenHüll; premiere of the first version of «Wundgeträumt» for six instrumentalists by ensemble recherche, as part of the Ars musica Festival in Brussels. Premiere of the final version at the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik; portrait concerts at the Gegenwelten festival in Neckargmünd (premiere of «MANNAM III» for accordion and string trio).
20022005 Composition of the music theatre work Mondschatten’ on a libretto by Juliane Votteler (after Sophocles’ «Œdipus at Colonus») written in collaboration with the composer, and incorporating original texts by Byung-Chul HAN (premiere Stuttgart 2006).
Following guest professorships at the conservatories in Graz (1991) and Karlsruhe (1992/1993), in 1994 Younghi PaghPaan was appointed Professor of Composition at the Hochschule der Künste in Bremen; here she founded the Atelier Neue Musik which she has directed ever since.
2006 Lifetime Archievement Award of Seoul National University.
2007 Order of Civil Merit of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
2009 15th KBS Global Korean Award.
2009 Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
2011 Bremische Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft.
2013 Paiknam Prize (life achievement award, South Korea).
Younghi PaghPaan lives in Bremen and Panicale (Italy).

Dohun Lee

Dohun Lee, born in South Korea, majored in Composition at College of Music, Seoul National University. After graduation, he moved to Germany in 2003 and studied with Prof. Wolfgang Rihm at University of Music Karlsruhe. He won the 1st prize in composition of the Joongang competition, the 2nd prize in the western music composition of the DongA competition, the Young Composer prize of the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival and the 2nd prize (there was no 1st prize winner) of the 2000 Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition.
His works were played at the New Music Series ‘Nachtklänge’ of the Baden State Theater, 'Musikjournalismus und neue Musik‘ of Deutscher Musikrat, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chamber music series ‘Adrien Perruchon’ Percussion Recital, 'Klangspuren Festival‘ in Austria, Pianist Sooyeon Lim’s modern contemporary (Seoul, Paris, Frankfurt), Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in Korea, Randspiele Zepernick in Germany, Vienna Schoenberg Center in Austria, 27th International Festival of Krakow Composers in Poland. From 2012 to 2014 he was lecturer in the Faculty of Language and Cultures at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. He is the member of Frankfurt New Music Association (FGNM) and artistic director of Koreanisches Musikfest in Deutschland. He lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Helmut Zapf
Helmut Zapf was born on 4 march in 1956 in Rauschengesees (Thuringia). He got his first piano and organ lessons from local pastor. After school, he took an apprenticeship as automobile mechanic and then he studied church music in Eisenach und Halle/Saale. During this time he regularly attended Gera Holiday Courses in Contemporary Music in Thuringia. From 1979-82, he worked as Cantor in Eisenberg near Jena. Finally in 1982, he became a special composition pupil of Georg Katzer at the East Academy of Arts and studied with him until 1986. Since then, he lives in Zepernick, close to Berlin, and works as a freelance composer, organ player and organizer of concerts with contemporary music. He founded, together with his wife Karin Zapf, the RANDSPIELE(www.randspiele.de), a series of concerts at the church in Zepernick. He also is the founder and artistic leader of the ENSEMBLE JUNGE MUSIK, an ensemble for contemporary
music, which is played by music students of the universities in Berlin. Helmut Zapf is teaching ear training, music theories and composition at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule and at the Musikschule Kreuzberg. He worked at different electronic-acoustic studios, for example at the CENTER OF COMPUTER MUSIC OF SWITZERLAND and at the HEINRICH STROBEL FONDATION of SWR in Freiburg. He wrote a lot of chamber music, choir music, 5 pieces of orchestra, 1 chamber opera, 1 ballet music “the golden calf” and other pieces of electroacustic music.

Gregory Kim

Gregory Kim is a composer, conductor and a multimedia artist. He studied electroacoustic composition with Dr Jonty Harrison with the world renowned BEAST, Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre, system in England. He also studied live electronics with Dr Erik Oña. Recently, he is presenting multimedia art music combining several fields together like vocal, instrumental, dance, performance, acoustic music, realtime computer processed music and realtime video processing. His music were performed around the world including England, France, Italy, US as well as Korea. Since 2008, he received several government funds for his concerts from 'Culture & Art Committee, Korea. His recent major concerts are: "New media art into the public 2010", "Gregory Kim media music and art exhibition 2011" at KBS Daegu, John Cage centenary "Chance music Festival 2012" and Gregory Kim media music and art exhibition "Music at an Exhibition 2013" etc. He is currently teaching composition, theory and computer music at Keimyung University and some others in Korea. He is the director of the "Multimedia Art Company ARS" and "Ensemble G".

 Hong-Seok Rhie
Hong-Seok Rhie graduated from the College of Music at Yonsei University and the National College of Music Detmold in Germany. He was awarded the 1999 An-Iktae Competition Prize, sponsored by the Hanguk Daily newspaper. He was Music Director for the 2003 Music Today Seoul International Competition for Composers. He won the 2006 Korean Compositions Prize, sponsored by the Korean Music Association. He is a professor in the Composition Department, College of Music, Yonsei University.
Reinhard Febel
*3 July 1952 Metzingen
1979 begins studies of composition with Klaus Huber
1979 scholarship from the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung of the Südwestfunk
1980 Beethoven-Prize of the city of Bonn; composition prize at the composition
seminar Boswil (Switzerland)
1982 participant at the courses for computer music at the IRCAM in Paris
1983 commissioned work by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich: the chamber opera "Euridice"; lectures, seminars, concerts in Argentinia, Uruguay, Chile and Peru arranged by the Goethe-Institut
1984 scholarship from the Villa Massimo in Rome; prizewinner of the Steinbrenner Stiftung in Berlin
1985 commissioned work by the youth orchestra of the european community; first performance of "Sinfonie" at the Donaueschinger Musiktage
1987 film music to the television film "Der Zauberbaum" (The Magic Tree) after the novel by Peter Sloterdijk
1988 first performance of the opera "Nacht mit Gästen" (Night with Guests) after Peter Weiss at the opera house in Kiel, prizewinner of the Stamitz-Award; record production of the Deutsche Musikrat; commissioned work by the Bundesjugendorchester to their twentieth anniversary
1989 professor for composition and music theory at the academy of music in Hannover; beginning of co-operation with the librettist and director Lukas Hemleb ("Sekunden und Jahre des Caspar Hauser" - Seconds and Years of Caspar Hauser, first performance 1992, Dortmund, and "Morels Erfindung" - Morel's Invention, first performance 1994, Dortmund)
1992 artist scholarship from Niedersachsen
1993 study visit in Cameroon and South Africa
1994 lectures in Wellingston and Auckland (New Zealand) and in Riga
1995 teaches composition in La Paz (Bolivia) and at the CEAMC, Buenos Aires
1997 workshops and lectures in Houston, Taipai and Kyoto
professor for composition at the Mozarteum, Salzburg
2000 guest lectures at the Hecettepe University, Ankara
since 2000 piano duo for four hands together with the pianist Isabel von Jakubowski
2001 guest lectures at the University Natal, Durban
2002 guest lectures at the Conservatory Skopje, Macedonia.
2003 World premiere of "Wolkenstein" at the Philharmonie Berlin. Guest lectures at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2005 guest lectures at University of Edinburgh, University Stellenbosch/South Africa and CEAMC Buenos Aires. Master Class in Composition at Salzburg Summer Academy.
2006 guest lectures at the Conservatories in Udine, Italy and Sevilla, Spain.
Bonu koo
Born in Seoul, Korea, studied composition at the Yonsei University and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. He was vice president of the Society of 20th Century Music in Seoul, vice president of the Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society and Music Director Forum Neue Musik of the Goethe Institute in Seoul. He also lectures in music theory and composition at various universities and is Professor of Composition at the Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul.
MICHAEL SIDNEY TIMPSON’s musical beginnings were borne out of playing baritone saxophone and “electric” bass clarinet with a strong interest in American improvisational forms, especially Free Jazz and Fusion; this would later evolve into incorporations American popular genres, such as Funk, Hip-Hop, and Alternative Techno. A child of the multicultural era in Northern California, he was intrigued with East and Southeast Asian traditional musics, these seeds that would eventually bear a lasting impact on his musical style. With his research on Chinese and Korean instruments, he has also become an improviser on various Asian woodwinds.
A composer in virtually every medium, many of his recent compositions are for percussion ensemble and for orchestra; he has also composed many works for Chinese and Korean instruments. A winner of multiple composition awards, recorded on major labels, and with significant publications, his works continue to be featured throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Timpson won the ASCAP Grant for Young Composers, the BMI Student Composers Award, the DownBeat Magazine award for extended composition, and was twice nominated for the American Academy of Arts and Letters composition award. He also won the Brian M. Israel Prize (The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs), the Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award, National Federation of Music Club’s Youse compeition, second places at the Music From China International Competition and in NACUSA’s composition competition, very highly commended in England’s Kathryn Thomas Flute Competition, and honorable mention at the National Federation of Music Club’s Beyer competition. His orchestral works have received performances and recording by the Kiev Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Korea. Timpson’s works continually appear on radio shows throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe and have a strong visibility on the web.
He is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in the Humanities in Taipei, Taiwan in 2009 for research on his forthcoming book on orchestration and compositional philosophy on Chinese instruments for western composers (for which he has already published two articles.) He has also been on the music composition and electronic music faculty at the University of South Florda, Rhodes College and the University of Kansas. A student of Samuel Adler, William Albright, William Bolcom, Donald Crockett, Morten Lauridsen, Frederick Lesemann, Milcho Leviev, Andrew Mead, and Joseph Schwantner, he earned his undergraduate composition degree at the University of Southern California, his master’s at the Eastman School of Music, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. www.michael.sidneytimpson.com
Juseub Lim