Doctoral candidate Sookyung Sul’s new string orchestra composition The Cycle of Encounter received its premiere this fall as part of the 2013 Unji Society Chamber Orchestra Concert Series VIII. The performance took place at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center. Sul was featured as an emerging composer on a program that comprised four highly regarded veterans of Korean contemporary music. Members of South Korea’s acclaimed Hwaum Chamber Orchestra performed all the works on the program.
Sul describes the one movement work as having a main theme that circulates throughout the piece. She subjects the theme to transpositional operations, rhythmic expansion and contraction, and all amidst shifting timbres achieved through a variety of string techniques.
Sookyung Sul was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea, earning both her BM degree in composition and her MM in music theory at Ewha Women’s University in South Korea and her MA in music composition at Carnegie Mellon University. She has studied with Yeojin Lee, Guija Lee, Leonardo Balada, Amy Williams and Fusun Koksal. After graduating from school in Korea, she received her Certification in Film Scoring at the Korea Broadcasting Station (2004). Before coming to the US, she worked as a freelance composer of incidental music for theater, broadcasting music, and as a string arranger for Korean Pop music. Her orchestra piece Seoul 2008 was chosen for a reading session with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.