The 11th Daewon Music Awards Laureates
The Grand Prize: Daejin Kim (Pianist, Conductor, Professor)
Daejin Kim is one of the most leading pianists and pedagogues in Korea. He won in 1985 the first prize in the prestigious 6th Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (presently, the Cleveland Competition). In 1994, he moved to Korea and has become a prime example of that rare individual who is able to successfully combine both the demanding careers of a concert artist and the most productive teacher. His master classes have drawn international recognition and at the same time, he has been able to maintain a full schedule of performances such as a historic one-day performance of the complete Beethoven's Piano Concertos(2001) and the complete cycle of the Mozart Piano Concertos(2002-2004).

Prof. Kim has been on jury member for the various major international competitions such as Busoni, the Gina Bachauer, Clara Haskil, Queen Elizabeth. He taught wonderfully many students that have earned the prizes in the major international competitions including the first prize at the 2005 Clara Haskil, the Leeds, Takamatsu etc. After he became its Music Director of Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, Mr. Kim and SPO made very successful debut concerts at the Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein Golden Hall, Dvorak Hall, Herkulessaal and the Marano Festival in Italy. Recently, Kim and the SPO have performed the complete cycle of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Symphony which have been released on the Sony Label.

The Special Contribtion Prize: Younghi-Pagh-Paan (Composer)
Younghi-Pagh-Paan was born in 1945 in Cheongju, South Korea, and studied at the Seoul National University, before moving to Germany to study at the Freiburg Musikhochschule on a DAAD scholarship. She won international attention through the performance of her orchestral work Sori at the Donaueschingen Festival in 1980. Her compositions, which seek to renew the nature of Korean musical culture by means of various Western compositional techniques, aroused increasing interest at the most important new music festivals, and in concert series throughout Europe. Younghi-Pagh-Paan has won numerous awards for her output including first prize at the Fifth Composers Seminar in Boswil (Switzerland), the Rostrum of Composers (Unesco, Pads), the City of Stuttgart, the Na Pa Music Prize in Korea and the Heidelberg Artists Prize in Germany.
She lives in Bremen and Panicale (Italy) and is currently a member of the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin and a professor of composition at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bremen, where she founded the Atelier Neue Musik which she has directed ever since. In 2006 Younghi-Pagh-Paan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Seoul National University and the Order of Civil Merit from South Korea.

The Musical Performance Prize : Shiyeon Sung (Conductor)
Shiyeon Sung is characterised by a natural authority, a collegial and inspiring rehearsal approach and the ability to tread the fine line between passion and level-headedness. With the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chief conductor she has been since January 2014, she toured Europe for the first time in summer 2015. Together, they appeared at the Philharmonie Berlin, in Wiesbaden, at the Musik Festival Saar and elsewhere. When James Levine appointed her as his Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she already had a reputation as one of the most exciting emerging talents on the international music circuit: shortly before, Sung had won the International Conductors‘ Competition Sir Georg Solti and the Gustav Mahler Conductors‘ Competition in Bamberg.
During her three-year tenure in Boston, she began a close collaboration with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, the orchestra established an Associate Conductor’s position especially for her, which she held until 2013. Shiyeon Sung won various prizes as a pianist in youth competitions. From 2001 to 2006, she studied orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and continued her education with advanced conducting studies with Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.