South Korean composer triumphs in Geneva

South Korean composer Kwang Ho Cho (pictured) has won the Concours de Genève’s 2013 Composition Prize.

As well as being one of the most prestigious awards for young classical musicians, the title also carries with it CHF15,000 (€12,180) in prize money.

The composer won for his work Pneuma, which was performed at the final by Ensemble Contrechamps under the direction of Gregory Charette.

Ho Cho is currently studying composition at Yonsei University, Seoul.

Chikako Yamanaka, from Japan, took home the Audience Prize for her work Uminari.

The competition final marked the opening of the event’s Laureates Festival, which saw previous winners Martha Argerich and Nelson Goerner take to the stage.