The film music composers who left significant marks in the Korean film music industry had been awarded Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award by Jecheon International Music and Film Festival since 2006 to 2016. All 11 film music composers were awarded, such as Shin Byung-ha, Choi Chang-kwon, Jeong Seong-jo who are active in the realm of film music industry. Last year, Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award broadened its horizons to Asia and became the Jecheon Asia Film Music Award. Following last year’s winner, Kawai Kenji, the master of Japanese film music, this year’s award celebrates of Chinese composer and conductor, Tan Dun.
The world-renowned artist and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today’s most prestigious honors, Tan Dun’s film music soundtrack Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2000, the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack in 2001 and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 2001. Other honors include the Grawemeyer Award, Bach Prize of the City of Hamburg, Shostakovich Award, and most recently Italy’s Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. Tan Dun’s music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television.
This past year, Tan Dun was commissioned by The Walt Disney Company to create a new composition and conducted it in the grand opening celebration of the newly opened Disneyland which was broadcast to a record-breaking audience worldwide. As a conductor, Tan Dun currently serves as the Honorary Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra. His current conducting season includes leading the NDR Radiophilharmonie in a five-city tour in Germany, as well as engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the Venice Biennale.