Kyubin Chung wins the 2023 ISANGYUN Competition

The South Korean competition has become increasingly popular since Yunchan Lim won First Prize in 2019

The 2023 piano edition of the ISANGYUN Competition, which celebrated its 20th anniversary, recently announced its winners. In the final, five pianists performed a concerto together with the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under conductor Samuel Lee.

First Prize went to  Kyu-bin Chung, who will receive KRW 30.000.000 in prize money for his performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1. Chung is 26 years old and is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, having graduated from the Korean National University of the Arts.

Second Prize went to  Song-hyeon Kim, who also won the Audience Prize (UNESCO Creative City of Music Special Prize) and the Seong-ywang Park Special Prize for a promising young Korean pianist. Third Prize went to the pianist Youl Sun

As First and Second Prize-winnersboth Chung and Kim will be eligible for exemption from South Korea's mandatory military service.

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 Violin, Violoncello and Piano. 2024 will see the next Violin Competition.


 The First prize winner of the last Piano Competition in 2019 was Yunchan Lim.


1st Prize: Kyubin Chung (26), Munich

2nd Prize:  Songhyeon Kim (21), Boston

3rd prize: Youl Sun (23), Paris



Daejin Kim(Chair), Susumu Aoyagi, Robert Benz, Arthur Greene, Ronan O’Hora, Kun-Woo Paik, Victoria Postnikova, Antti Siirala, Danwen Wei



Tongyeong Festival Orchestra/ Samuel Lee (Conductor)

Prize winners 2023

Youl Sun, 3rd prize

Youl Sun, 3rd prize

Competition website

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