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[VIDEO] Seong Young Yun: Winner of the 2021 Safran Foundation for Music Prize

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On Monday October 11, 2021, the annual Safran Foundation for Music Prize was awarded to Seong Young Yun at the end of a competition between five young virtuoso oboists. Find out more about this young talent!

The 14th edition of the Safran Foundation for Music Prize was held on October 11 at La Scala Paris, for the second year in a row. The candidates performed a compulsory piece (“La Fantaisie Pastorale” by Eugène Bozza) and one or two pieces of their own choosing. The jury, comprising five music professionals, was won over by Seong Young Yun's performance, which was unanimously named the competition winner.

In addition to the compulsory piece, Seong Young performed “Six études pour hautbois - I.Hôtel des Roches Noires à Trouville” by Gilles Silvestrini, and “Four personalities for oboe and piano 1 Yellow - 3 blue” by Alyssa Morris. He was accompanied on the piano by the winner of the 2020 Foundation Prize, Virgile Roche.

Seong Young Yun: A young oboe prodigy

Seong Young was born in Seoul in South Korea in 1996. He began his oboe studies at the age of nine and studied at the Yewon Arts School, Seoul Arts High School. After that, he took a Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University with Miyoung-Chon before being admitted to the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMDP) in 2017, in the same class as Jacques Tys and Frédéric Tardy, two professional oboists. Seong Young Yun also obtained a first-class honors degree in Chamber Music in 2019.

He has performed as a soloist with The Satu-Mare State Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Seoul and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, and has already performed in solo or chamber recitals at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmoniker (2010 and 2013), Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall (2016) and Kumho Arts Hall (2013).

He is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the CNSMDP and is the second oboist with the Seoul Ensemble Orchestra.

Seong Young is already involved in several projects in Korea and France. At the end of the competition, the Jeunes Talents association, supported by the Foundation for Music, offered him the opportunity to perform a concert at the Petit Palais…

Seong Young’s performance at La Scala

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