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Jeajoon Ryu / Composer


"The tune of Ryu's tongue is strongly tangible, anchored, nonromantic and fine.

Moods such as melancholy, despair, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and tranquility are transmitted unhindered.

Ryu's thoughts were conveyed with a focused, intense, and incredible curiosity. " - Aija Haapalainen, Turan Sanomat , in Finland,  June 19, 2018


After graduating from Hyundai high school, Jeajoon Ryu studied composition under Krzysztof Penderecki at Krakow Music Academy as well as under Kang, Suk-hi at Seoul National University.


His internationally praised "Passacaglia for Percussion"(2004) was followed by his “Violin concerto no.1” commissioned for Laboratorium Contemporary Music Festival in 2006, which was also highly acclaimed from the critics. Soon after, his "Sinfonia da Requiem" received a standing ovation at the Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival in Poland in March 2008, which established a unique and rare record for contemporary music and elevated him as a globally recognized composer.


Jeajoon Ryu was invited to Nantalii Music Festival (Finland) in 2010 , 2018 and Mecklenburg Music Festival(Germany) in 2010 and to Poland Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011-2012 as guest or composer in residence. Also, he was a jury member of international Violin Competition of Astana.


He is artistic director of Seoul International Music Festival since 2013, of which he held the same post in 2009-2010.

Marian Borkowski, professor of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, praised his compositions saying "It surely can be a special achievement, seen as a starting point of neo-Baroquism".
Many outstanding artists, such as Arto Noras, Gerard Poulet, Michel Lethiec, Ralf Gothoni, Li-Wei, Shanghai Quartet, Hartmut Rohde Christian Altenburger, Elina Vähälä, Ning Feng, Grzegorz Nowak, Okko Kamu, Piotr Borkowski, Ju-Young Baek, So-Ock Kim, Johannes Moser and Ilya Gringolts performed his works.


Also his works have been performed by some of the world’s leading orchestra, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), l'orchestre régional de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (ORCPACA), the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri), Philharmonia Chorus (UK Première), the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Bretagne orchestra and Lahti Symphony Orchestra at many prestigious music halls such as the Cadogan Hall, Verdi Hall in Milan, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, and Helsinki Music Centre.

His “Violin Concerto no.1” (2006) and “Sinfonia da Requiem” (2007) were recorded on Naxos International Label (2009) and “Sonata 'Primavera' per Violino e Pianoforte No.1” (2008) on Telos Music (2010). Royal Philharmonic orchestra recorded his works “Cello Concerto”, “Marimba Concerto”, and Overture “Il nome della Rosa” on RPO label(2016). His cello Sonata No.1 and Piano suits were recorded on DUX label (2017).


In 2015, he has been honored by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage with the Gloria Artis Medal. and in commemoration of 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Korea, Bretagne orchestra illuminated his oeuvres by performing his concerto and chamber music.

In 2018, he has been honored Yumin Awards by the Yumin Cultural Foundation.

His new work ' sonata for cello and piano' is premiered cellist Arto Noras and pianist Ralf Gothoni in Nanntali Music Festival in June, and ' Concerto for pian and orchestra' is premired Chongbuk Orchestra in Korea in Febrary, 2018 and Kuopio Orchestra in Finland in October, 2018.


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"The tune of Ryu's tongue is strongly tangible, anchored, nonromantic and fine.

Moods such as melancholy, despair, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and tranquility are transmitted unhindered.

Ryu's thoughts were conveyed with a focused, intense, and incredible curiosity. " - Aija Haapalainen, Turan Sanomat , in Finland,  June 19, 2018


“South Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu is among today’s most exciting orchestral composers, as the works on this new disc on Naxos attest.“ - Joshua Meggitt, Cyclic Defrost



“His some moments of genuinely novel and beautiful writing” - Uncle Dave Lewis, Allmusic.com


“Ryu held me spell-bound, at once aghast and uplifted” Mark L Lehman, American Record Guide


“His music was floating forward and promised a lot about the composer” - Atte Tenkanen, Turun Sanomat


“Ryu’s ability to continually introduce pithy new material, while maintaining a sense of structural integrity throughout the work, is extraordinary.” Bob McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found



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