Marking the 20th anniversary, the Tongyeong Music Festival returns this week

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The Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) concert hall in Tongyeong, South Korea, in a photo provided by the TIMF Foundation (TIMF Foundation)

The Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), a premier annual classical music gala in South Korea, will kick off this year’s edition on Friday as it marks its 20th anniversary.

The 2022 festival will run until April 3 in Tongyeong on the south coast, featuring around 30 classical concerts and performances under the theme “Vision in Diversity.”

The 2020 edition of TIMF was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been held in person since last year.

The Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will open the festival at the TIMF Concert Hall.

Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska will conduct the Asian premiere of American composer Andrew Norman’s “Play: Level 1” in the opening performance, as well as Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite” and “Cello Concerto in B Minor” by Dvorak. Norwegian cellist Truls Mork will collaborate with the orchestra.

South Korean classical music ensemble Novus String Quartet will perform “String Quartet No. 5” composed by South Korean native Yun I-sang on Saturday, while Ferruccio Prize-winning Park Jae-hong’s solo recital Last year’s Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, will be held on Monday.

Korean traditional music performances, including one by Korean folk song master Lee Hee-moon, will also be held during the nine-day festival.

TIMF will conclude with a concert by the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz from Germany in collaboration with Hungarian pianist Dezso Ranki.

TIMF was founded in 2002 to commemorate famous South Korean composer Yun I-sang, who was born in Sancheong, near Tongyeong, in 1917. (Yonhap)

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