Biography

Seung-Ah Oh

  • Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1969
  • Composer

Seung-Ah Oh, a native of Korea, is an acclaimed composer who was described as “a name to remember” in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. Her music has been performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and transcends traditional boundaries. As critic Mirjam Zegers writes, “Oh connects East and West, vibrant motion and stillness, pure sound and ritual theatre, stratified structures and transparency.”

The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation at the Bellagio Center, the Goddard Lieberson Foundation through the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barlow endowment for music composition, Oh is celebrated both in her home country and abroad: at the 3rd Seoul International Competition for Composers she received both first prize and the audience prize; in 2010 an international jury awarded her the Toonzetters Prize, given yearly for the best contemporary music composed in the Netherlands.

Oh’s background is as varied as her accolades. She began her studies at Korea’s Ewha Women’s University. She went on to earn her PhD in the United States, at Brandeis University, before her studies led her to the Netherlands and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Until then, her music had been rooted in the contemporary Western tradition. It was during her time in the Netherlands that she began to explore the rich musical traditions of her own heritage.

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