Tongyeong International Music Festival 2018 –Returning Home
2018-01-11 09:59:06

Tongyeong International Music Festival 2018 –Returning Home

The 2018 Tongyeong International Music Festival to be held from 30. March to 8. April will feature an exciting array of artists and ensembles, presenting a music program encompassing a wide range of style from works by Monteverdi to Wolfgang Rihm.


With the theme of “Returning Home”, Bochum Symphony Orchestra led by American conductor Steven Sloane will open the festival with Chung Kyung Wha.


The 2017 Van Cliburn Competition winner Sunwoo Yekwon will present a recital, and a chamber concert together with the Czech Bennewitz Quartet, which will perform two programs including the first String Quartet by Isang Yun.


The Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will return together with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Midori and pianist Tzimon Barto in two programs with music by Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin, and Antonin Dvorak.


In addition, Ludger Engels, German stage director and well known to the Tongyeong audience from the 2013 production “Semele Walk”, will present an exciting new production based on “ll ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring Korean musicians alongside Ensemble kaleidoskop.


With “Returning home”, the Tongyeong International Music Festival 2018 will focus on the meaning of “home” on the essence of what it means to “return home”; and in a wider sense on the significance of a cultural identity in todays ever-globalised society. And of course we will celebrate our own “home”- the city of Tongyeong, its musical artistry and its natural beauty.

Rainer Küchl Violin Recital
2018-01-11 09:39:20

Rainer Küchl Violin Recital

Rainer Küchl served as a Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera for 45 years. Ever since he was appointed as the concertmaster at the age of 20, he has played with all the great conductors of our time including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, and Georg Solti. After retiring from the position in 2016, he teaches music as well as performs in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts.

He appears at the stage of Tongyeong Concert hall with music of Mozart, Beethoven, Vieuxtemps, Tchaikovsky, and Sarasate.


Date : 2018. 01. 20.

Time : 17:00

Venue : Tongyeong Concert Hall

Program (100 minute)

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/ Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K.526

- Ludwig van Beetoven/ Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor ‘Eroica’, Op.30/2


- Henri Vieuxtemps/ Fantasia Appassionata Op.35

- Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky/ Valse- scherzo in C Major

- Pablo de Sarasate/ Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, Op.25


Inquiry : 055-650-0400

Ticket price : A 30,000 B 20,000

2018 TIMF Academy
2018-01-11 09:36:44

2018 TIMF Academy <Rainer Küchl Violin Masterclass>

In cooperation with Universities, international ensembles, and its partners, TIMF offers opportunities for participants from all over the world to study with world-class faculty and renown artists for free. Masterclasses, big part of TIMF Academy, have been held on a regular basis.


The 2018 TIMF academy Rainer Küchl Violine Masterclass is held from 20 January to 25 January at Tongyeong Concert Hall.


Rainer Küchl combines a career as principal concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for 45 years with solo and chamber music concerts as well as teaching. Pianist Hiroshi Kato joins the master class and the student recital as an accompanist.


Free tuition for a week of individual lessons, free accommodation with breakfast and accompanist are provided for the 8 selected participants. The Academy opens with Rainer Küchl’s Violin Recital and ends with the students recital, which highlights the finale of the course.


 2018 TIMF Academy Rainer Küchl Violine Masterclass

Dates Saturday, 20 January Arrival & Orientation 15:00/ Recital for Küchl 17:00

         Sunday, 21 January  Lessons

         Monday, 21 January   Lessons

         Tuesday, 23 January  Lessons

         Wednesday, 24 January   Lessons

         Thursday, 25 January   Lessons and Student Recital 19:30

         Friday, 26 January   Return

        ※ Accompanist of the masterclass and recitals : Hiroshi Kato


All masterclasses are open to public. Those who want to experience this special music learning scene are welcomed to visit Tongyeong Concert Hall.

♡2017 TIMF ACADEMY - Christopher Poppen Violin Masterclass
2016-11-29 09:54:02

♡2017 TIMF ACADEMY - Christopher Poppen Violin Masterclass

Christopher Poppen’s Master Class is going to be held from 9 to 13 of January, 2017 in Tongyeong Concert Hall.

Tongyeong International Music Foundation offers TIMF Academy that aims to provide participants from all over the world with opportunities to study with world-class faculty and renowned artists for free. All the selected participants are benefited from one-to-one lessons including coverage for accommodation and meals.

TIMF Academy 2017 starts with Christopher Poppen’s Master Class. All the participants will be benefited immensely from the study with Christopher Poppen, a conductor, violinist, and academic teacher.

Pianist Julian Riem, known for his wide-ranging artistic activity, joins the master class and the student recital as an accompanist.

It will be a great opportunity for violin players to fine tune their techniques and to be inspired through this 2017 TIMF Academy.

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to send their application including an approximately 10- minute-long recording (preferably video) of their most recent performance (no repertoire restrictions) by email (

The deadline is 10. December, 2016. A maximum of 8 will be selected as active participants.

Violinists not accepted as active participants can still attend the masterclasses as passive participants. All masterclasses are individual lessons and are open to public.

Isang Yun Competition 2016
2016-10-12 14:55:24

Isang Yun Competition 2016

Isang Yun Competition 2016 will be held at Tongyeong Concert Hall in Tongyeong from 30th of October to 5th of November. Isang Yun Competition offers three instrument disciplines- cello, piano, and violin- in rotation, and piano takes its turn this year. A total of KRW 60,400,000 will be granted to the prize winners along with opportunities to give performances organized by TIMF.

173 applicants from 23 countries submitted their applications for the piano competition. After the preliminary stage, 25 contestants from 8 countries will compete on the semi-final stage consisting of two rounds. Those who are chosen to advance to the final stage are required to select one from the piano concertos of the listed composers- Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Procofiev- and perform with Tonyeong Festival Orchestra under Ken-David Masur. As for the jury, Kim Dae-jin will chair the judging board comprising of 9 members including Michel Béroff, Christopher Elton, Pavel Gililov, and Kim Geumbong.

Isang Yun Competition intended to commemorate Isang Yun’s music and foster young artists is presented by Gyeongnam Province, Tongyeong City and MBC Gyeongnam Broadcasting, and is managed by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation(TIMF). Since its launch in 2003, the international Isang Yun Competition has been developed by achieving the membership into World Federation of International Music Competitions(WFIMC) in 2006 for the first time in South Korea and hosting the WFIMC General Assembly in 2014.

2017 will mark the 100 year anniversary of Isang Yun’s birth. This year’s edition of Isang Yun Competition is themed as “From Asia to the World” aiming for making the world resonate with his music from the beginning of the Isang Yun Competition 2016 through the year of 2017.

Latest news and stories about the competition will be updated via Tongyeong Concert Hall Facebook(