Isang Yun

Isang Yun was born on September 17th, 1917 near Tongyong, South Korea, and received his first musical training (cello and composition) in Korea and Japan. Active opposition to the Japanese occupation resulted in his being imprisoned until the end of World War II. After gaining his freedom, he spent a period teaching music at Korean high schools und universities.

In 1956 Yun travelled to Europe to continue his studies in Paris and Berlin (with Boris Blacher), also attending the International Courses at Darmstadt. Yun became a West German citizen in 1971, and was a resident of West Berlin  from 1964.

Yun was abducted from Germany by the Korean Park regime, who imprisoned him from 1967 to 1969, and his release was followed by a period of political activity on behalf of the restitution of democracy in the country of his birth.

Since his return to Germany, he taught (1969) at the Hannover State College of Music, becoming professor of composition at the State College of Arts (Hochschule der Kuenste) Berlin (1970-1985).

He was a member of the Hamburg and Berlin Academies of Arts, and a honorary doctor at Tuebingen University and honorary member of the ISCM, also member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg, among other distinctions (Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz). Isang Yun died on November 3, 1995 in Berlin.

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Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1959
Musik fuer sieben Instrumenten
3.50 stars LP
Musik Comments:
Hamburger Kammersolisten cond. Francis Travis
1957 Musik fuer sieben Instrumenten 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
Ensemble 2E2M.cond. Paul Méfano
1970 Glisseés 4.00 stars LP
Siegfried Palm Comments:
Siegfried Palm - Cello
1976 Koenigliches Thema 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Serge Garcia - Violin
1981 Exemplum in memoriam Kwangju 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Richard Salte - Baritone
Myung-Sil Kim - Soprano
Young-Ok Kim - Alto
Sun-Chai Pak - Tenor
Yong-Yin Han - Bass
Chorus and State Symphony Orchestra of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea conducted by Byung-Hwa Kim
1982-1983 Symphony No 1 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz/Takao Ukigaya
1984 Symphony No 2 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz/Takao Ukigaya
1985 Symphony No 3 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz/Takao Ukigaya
1986 Symphony No 4 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz/Takao Ukigaya
1987 Symphony No 5 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz/Takao Ukigaya
1987 Naui Dang, Naui Minjokiyo! (My Land, My People) 4.00 stars 4 CD
Yun Comments:
Symphony Orchestra of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea conducted by Byung-Hwa Kim
1988 Distanzen, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn & string quintet 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Ensemble 2E2M.cond. Paul Méfano
1990 Kammerkonsert No 1 - 2 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Ensemble 2E2M.cond. Paul Méfano