The International ISANGYUN Competition has been presented by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation since 2003. It is held in remembrance of Isang Yun(1917~1995), the renowned Korean composer, by promoting cultural exchanges among nations through music, and by supporting talented young musicians from all over the world.
The Competition is held annually in November, alternating between the disciplines Piano, Violin and Violoncello.
Composer, Isang Yun
2017, the music world celebrated the 100th anniversary of lsang Yun, one of the foremost composers of the 20th century. Born in Tongyeong in 1917, he created bridges between Asian and Western cultures like no other. His style comes to life with the flexible, lively sounds of Korean traditional music; however by working with twelvetone-techique and other musical means of the Western avant-garde, he also has his firm place in the European tradition.
Tongyeong International Music Foundation
Commemorating the composer Isang Yun, Tongyeong International Music Foundation runs the annual Tongyeong intl. Music Festival, the ISANGYUN Competition, the Isang Yun Memorial Museum, a large music education series, as well as year-long concert season at Tongyeong Concert Hall. Cultural assets of Tongyeong were thus becoming a driving force for the city in achieving sustainable development, and in 2015, Tongyeong was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Music.