The International ISANGYUN Competition has been presented by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation since 2003. It is held in remembrance of Isang Yun (1917~1995), the renowned Korean composer, by promoting cultural exchanges among nations through music, and by supporting talented young musicians from all over the world.
The Competition is held annually in November, alternating between the disciplines Piano, Violin and Violoncello. 2019 will see the next Piano Competition, while Violin will be held again in 2020.
The First prize winner of the last Cello Competition in 2015 was Ella van Poucke (Netherland).
The Competition is open to cellists of any nationality, born between November 1, 1988 and October 31, 2003.
The Application period begins May 8 and ends August 6, 2018.
First Round : Sunday and Monday, October 28 and 29
Second Round : Wednesday and Thursday, October 31 and November 1
Final Round & Announcement : Saturday, November 3
Winners’ Concert and Ceremony : Sunday, November 4
Rules and Conditions
The Competition is open to cellists of any nationality, born between November 1, 1988 and October
31, 2003. The Application period begins May 8 and ends August 6, 2018.
Each application consists of two parts:
– Application form
Every applicant must fill out the online application form available at
Upon sending the online application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail including all data.
– Video and supplementary materials
Each application must contain:
a. A high-quality video recording containing the works listed under “Official Repertoire”.
All works must be recorded with no audio or visual editing. Tutti cuts are acceptable in all
concertos. Each required piece should be on a single track.
Date and place of recording must be indicated, and recordings may not be more than one year old.
b. Two letters of recommendation by musical authorities familiar with the applicant´s
achievement, including one from a recent or current teacher of the applicant. Letters should
be in English or Korean, or should include English or Korean translations.
c. Biography of the applicant (in English or Korean)
d. A scan of the applicant´s passport
e. A photograph of the applicant in JPG or TIFF format (no less than 1MB)
– Video and supplementary materials can be set
a. via e-mail (please use a large file transfer service such as dropbox, wetransfer, etc.)
Please send all data to: email@example.com
b. using a conventional postal service
Please send all packages to
Tongyeong Intl. Music Foundation (Seoul Office)
#304, 18 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho Gu,
Seoul 06720, Republic of KOREA
Please note that all packages and e-mails must be received (not postmarked) on or before August 6,
All inquiries should be sent to:
ISANGYUN Competition / Tongyeong International Music Foundation
Tel.: +82-2-3474 8315 / Fax.: +82-2-3474 8318/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who have been selected to participate in the first round of the Competition are required to
submit a non-refundable entry fee of KRW 150,000 by September 21, 2018. The fee can be paid online
by credit card or by international bank transfer to the following account:
Bank: Nonghyup Bank
Bank Branch: Tongyeong Branch, 11 Hangnam 3-gil, Tongyeong
Account Number: 301 0143 2109 61
Swift Code : NACF KRSE XXX
Account Holder: TIMF
Payment of the entry fee will be considered the conclusion of a formal agreement between the
participant and Tongyeong Intl. Music Foundation regarding his/her participation in the competition
under the rules and conditions of the ISANGYUN Competition.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
– Travel expenses within Korea are the responsibility of the participants.
– International participants will receive free travel to Tongyeong upon passing the preliminary round.
– Participants passing the preliminary round will be provided with free room and board during their
active participation in the competition.
– Foreign nationals requiring a visa in order to enter the Repulic of Korea will be provided with the
necessary documents upon passing the preliminary round.
– All participants must register in person on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Participant Meeting.
Competitors may choose to bring their own pianist for the second round. Otherwise, each competitor
will be assigned an official accompanist and will be given two hours of rehearsal time with their
Prior to the final round, each finalist will have an opportunity to rehearse with the orchestra.
Lots will be drawn to decide the order in which the participants will perform. The order of
performance will remain unchanged until the final round. Only then, the order may be changed for
Each participant must be present when the lots are drawn at the Participant Meeting on 27 October
Except for the preliminary round, all rounds of the competition are open to the public.
By submitting an application form, participants give the ISANGYUN Competition unrestricted rights to
broadcast, record, televise, stream and film their performances during the competition. Any such
recordings or broadcasts may be made without compensation to the participant.
– Preliminary round
The preliminary jury will make a selection of candidates from the applications received. All applicants
will be notified of acceptance or rejection by September 7, 2018.
– Public rounds
The jury consists of nine internationally recognized jurors.
A point system will be used by the Jury for judgment and evaluation. Any juror having taught a
participant for more than three months during the past two years must declare such teaching
relationship and will abstain from voting on the participant´s performances.
The decisions of the Jury are final.
Over KRW 74,000,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Isang Yun Prize:
Seong-Yawng Park Prize:
UNESCO City of Music Prize:
The Isang Yun Prize is awarded for the best interpretation of “the Concerto for Cello and
Orchestra(1975/76)” by Isang Yun and will include a future performance of the work, with orchestra,
at the Tongyeong International Music Festival.
All prize winners agree to perform at the Winners’ Concert on November 4. In addition, Prize winners
may be given performance opportunities at Tongyeong Concert Hall, or at other concerts managed by
the Tongyeong International Music Foundation and its partners.
For performances within the next three years, round-trip airfare as well as room and board will be
provided by the competition, but no additional fees will be paid.
Taxes will be deducted from prize money in accordance to Korean tax laws.
INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES AND CONDITIONS
Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of any part of the Rules and Conditions of
ISANGYUN Competition 2018, the Rules and Conditions in Korean as well as related laws and codes of
the Republic of Korea will be the only legal basis.
All decisions made by the competition office and the jury are final.
All repertoire must be performed from memory, except for works composed after 1950.
Digital recording: All applicants´ recordings must include two works:
– J. Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Hob. VIIb/1, 1st movement including cadenza
or J. Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major Hob. VIIb/2, 1st movement including cadenza
– One work of the applicant´s choice
FIRST ROUND (35-40 minutes, Solo)
During the first round, each competitor will be required to perform a), b), and c):
a)Prelude and Sarabande from one of the following Suites for Cello Solo by J. S. Bach:
No. 4 / BWV 1010, No. 5 / BWV 1011 or No. 6 /BWV 1012
b) one of the following solo works:
Z. Kodály Sonata for Cello Solo Op. 8 (third movement only)
P. Hindemith Sonata for Cello Solo Op. 25-3 (1923)
G. Ligeti Sonata for Cello Solo (1948/53)
B. Britten Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 Op. 72 (7th, 8th and 9th movements only)
I. Xenakis ‘Kottos’ for Cello Solo (1977)
H. Dutilleux ‘Trois Strophes sur le Nom de Sacher’ for Cello Solo (1976/82)
K. Penderecki Divertimento for Cello Solo (1994)
G. Cassadó Suite for Cello Solo
c) Isang Yun Glissees for Cello Solo (1970)
(45-50 minutes, with Piano)
During the second round, each participant must perform a), b) and c).
a) Isang Yun Espace I (1992)
b) One of the following sonatas, complete:
L. v. Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C Major Op. 102-1
L. v. Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D Major Op. 102-2
J. Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in e minor Op. 38
J. Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F Major Op. 99
c) All or part of one of the following works, depending on duration:
F. Schubert Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in a minor D. 821
F. Mendelssohn Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major Op. 58
R. Schumann Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat Major Op. 70
R. Schumann ‘Fünf Stücke im Volkston’ for Cello and Piano Op. 102
C. Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor L. 135 (1915)
D. Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor Op. 40 (1934)
S. Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major Op. 119 (1949)
Each finalist shall perform one concerto with orchestra to be chosen from the following:
R. Schumann Cello Concerto in a minor Op. 129
A. Dvořák Cello Concerto No. 2 in b minor Op. 104
E. Elgar Cello Concerto in e minor Op. 85
D. Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major Op. 107
Isang Yun Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1975/76)