Composition will be premiered at Emmanuel Music’s
season-opening concerts October 1 and 2 at Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall
BOSTON │ Emmanuel Music has named Edwin Sung, a 24-year-old resident of the United Kingdom the winner of their Handel Overture Composition Competition. The competition garnered submissions from composers around the globe, including entries from Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, as well as the United States.
“Edwin Sung’s ‘Overture to Apollo e Dafne’ displays an imaginative facility with 19th-century tonalism while still informed by the form and style of early 18th-century Italy, serving as a fitting bridge to the music of Handel,” said Emmanuel Music’s Artistic Director Ryan Turner.
Turner and Principal Guest Conductor John Harbison charged composers with creating a work in the style of Handel to serve as the overture for Handel’s “Apollo e Dafne,” which will be featured at Emmanuel Music’s season-opening concerts on October 1 and 2 at Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College.
About Edwin Sung: Born in Hong Kong, Edwin Sung discovered at the age of 12 that he had a natural talent for creating new music and has been an amateur composer ever since. His influences have stemmed from the classical training he received on piano, violin and trombone. While he has achieved a high standard of playing on each instrument, much of his music comes from more modern influences, such as electronica, and more recently, world influences — primarily from Ireland and Scotland.
Edwin moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 17, where his musical experiences continued to flourish. There he discovered more inspiration for his compositions and more opportunities to perform them. During his time at Cambridge University, Edwin continued to be a prolific music composer and along with many of his fellow students performed his works in various ensembles.
Despite his degree in mathematics, music remains a major part of Edwin’s life in England. He is a member of many amateur orchestras and other groups, some of which have performed his music alongside their standard repertoire. With these orchestras, he has performed throughout the world, from France to Thailand.
About Emmanuel Music
Emmanuel Music, a collective group of singers and instrumentalists, was founded in 1970 by Craig Smith to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended, an endeavor twice completed and a tradition which continues under the leadership of Ryan Turner, Artistic Director. Over the years, Emmanuel Music has garnered critical and popular acclaim through its presentations of large-scale and operatic works by Bach, Handel, Schubert, and Mozart, its in-depth exploration of the complete vocal, piano, and chamber works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and others, and its presentation of contemporary music, especially the work of composer John Harbison. The organization shares its artistic and educational resources with the community through its Community Connections program, The Bach Institute, and the Lindsey Chapel Series.
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church. Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council.