Spotlight on Unsuk Chin

2022.10.03. - 2022.10.08.
Budapest Music Center

workshop for conductors and composers

3-8 October, 2022, Budapest, Hungary

Spotlight on Unsuk Chin

workshop for conductors and composers

3-8 October, 2022, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a workshop for conductors and composers between 3-8 October 2022, in Budapest (Hungary). The closing concert of the masterclass will be part of the Liszt Festival organized by Müpa. Selected active conductors and mentees of the Foundation will have the possibility to work on two pieces by Unsuk Chin and a new piece by a mentee composer will be rehearsed and performed, too.


Due to the ongoing pandemic cancellations and changes are possible in the program. Before travelling make sure you know all the details of the latest travel regulations as these regulations may change quite frequently. To enter our masterclass you have to be fully vaccinated with a proven record.

Unsuk Chin is one of the leading contemporary composers of our era with her operatic and orchestral pieces performed all over the world.

"My music is a reflection of my dreams. I try to render into music the visions of immense light and of an incredible magnificence of colours that I see in all my dreams, a play of light and colours floating through the room and at the same time forming a fluid sound sculpture. Its beauty is very abstract and remote, but it is for these very qualities that it addresses the emotions and can communicate joy and warmth." — Unsuk Chin, 2003

As this workshop is part of the foundation’s Mentoring Program there will be a new chamber piece written for the workshop by a mentored composer of the foundation. The workshop offers working sessions with Peter Eötvös, Unsuk Chin, Gregory Vajda and the mentored composer Jonsung OH.

The call is open for conductors and composers of all nationalities.

Age limit for active conductors and composers is 35 years, observers (conductors and composers) are accepted without age limit.

The course is suitable for advanced students and professionals with special interest in contemporary music repertoire.


PETER EÖTVÖS, conductor and composer (Hungary / Germany), founder
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary / USA), program director

BALÁZS HORVÁTH, composer, professor (Hungary)

Guest: UNSUK CHIN, composer (South Korea / Germany)

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, József Balog pianist, Aurél Holló percussionist

Language of the course: English, German, French, Hungarian

Course program for conductors:

Consultations, rehearsals and concert, conductor camera recording during concert and concert recording.

Unsuk Chin: Fantaisie mécanique (1994, rev. 1997)

Unsuk Chin: Double Concerto (Doppelkozert) for piano, percussion and ensemble (2002)

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, FLute, Clarinet and String Quartet (1905)

New piece written for the workshop by Jonsung OH following the instrumentation of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. / Score of the new piece will be provided in pdf by email to selected active conductors.

Thorough and detailed knowledge of all works is a requirement of active participation. Each participant must provide his/her own scores. The newly composed piece will be sent to selected active conductors 1 month prior to the workshop if possible.

Application material for active conductors: online application form, video recording, curriculum vitae with repertoire list, photo. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Up to 8 conductors will be accepted as “active” participants. The selection will take place based on the video recordings (youtube / vimeo links) provided by the applicants. Regarding the videos, we kindly ask you to send us recordings of rehearsals instead of concerts, and we also recommend choosing 20th or 21st century repertoire for conducting. Please, send only one link, cut or a link of a playlist. The number of conductors selected by the professors is subject to change. We notify the selected conductors and all other applicants are invited to join as observers.

Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Course program for composers:

At this masterclass we welcome up to 6 composers to take part to learn and consult professors and sit in rehearsals. We offer consultation with the professors where composers can show their works, but these works will be only consulted not performed. Selection will be made by the professors.

Application material for composers: online application form, curriculum vitae with photo and at least 3 pieces uploaded in pdf. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.


Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Application deadline: 1 August 2022

Confirmation of the active status will be sent until 15 August 2022.

We kindly ask selected active participants to get back to us right after the confirmation of their status so in any case of change we can select other candidates from the waiting list.


Those who are not selected as active participants, are also welcomed as observers during the mastercourse if they wish to. Please indicate the observer option after the confirmation of your status. You can also come only as an observer, please choose this option on the online application form. Concerning the unique program we highly recommend to consider this opportunity as well. Observers can attend all rehearsals, the public meeting and the closing concert.


Selected active conductor participants: 700 €

(to be paid until 22 August 2022)

Selected active composers: 300 (to be paid until 22 August 2022)

Observers: 100 € (to be paid until 12 September 2022)

by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation

Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest

IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000


Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction. We accept only bank transfer, and we kindly ask you to send all transfers as DONATION.

The course fee includes extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club in Budapest Music Center and they can take part in a public meeting and concerts organized by the foundation.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meals, participants shall organize their accommodation. Upon request, we can help to find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue. Our hotel partner is Ibis Centrum in Budapest, we highly recommend their service.


3 October Consultation, mustMEET Composers public meeting with Unsuk Chin

4-7 October Rehearsals with orchestra at BMC Concert Hall with Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Unsuk Chin

8 October Dress Rehearsal and closing concert at BMC

The rehearsals will be recorded in part on video and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course. The concert will be available via live stream and a conductor cam recording will be made available for active conductors.


Active participants will receive diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.


We are thankful for the support of the Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, National Cultural Fund Budapest and Liszt Festival organized by Müpa.