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Tongyeong International Music Foundation

The Tongyeong International Music Foundation was established in 2014 not only to take over the management of the newly opened Tongyeong Concert Hall, but also to host the Tongyeong Intl. Music Festival (TIMF), to hold the annual Isang Yun International Music Competition, and to promote educational projects such as TIMF Academies, El Sistema Korea, and Kumdarak Music School. It also serves as a head office for the other halls of Tongyeong City- the Tongyeong Culture Centre and the Isang Yun Memorial Museum and Concert Hall.

A city devoted to art and culture, Tongyeong has long been home to artists in many different fields. Most outstanding were the the Korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995) and the novelist Kyung-ni Park (1926-2008). Both of them have lived and worked in this city, attracting many others to follow suit and settle in Tongyeong. With its backdrop of numerous beautiful islands, waterways and mountains, Tongyeong city provides plenty of inspiration and scenary for artists- the same way it attracts tourists to its many natural sights, its history and traditions.

Tongyeong International Music Festival has been established in 2002 as one of the most promising young festivals in Asia. At the birthplace of Isang Yun, the festival aims to be a musical and artistic highlight of the highest calibre, paying hommage to Yun and presenting world class artists, but also fostering young talent, especially young composers and musicians from Asia. Under the artistic directorship of Alexander Liebreich (2011-2014), the festival has also established its own orchestra, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra. In cooperation with Goethe Institute Seoul, the annual „Asian Composers Showcase“ provides opportunities for young composers from asian countries to present their music to an international audience.

With the opening of Tongyeong Concert Hall, TIMF performances are no longer limited to its music festival, held annually in March and April. Regular concerts and educational projects are now being offered year-round to enrich the cultural life of this vibrant musical city.

TONGYEONG INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 통영국제음악제 20143.28 ~ 4.3


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