Dahae Boo – Winner of the 8th Composition Prize of the CHRISTOPH DELZ FOUNFDATION
Winner of the 8th International Composition Competition of the CHRISTOPH DELZ FOUNDATION, this time in cooperation with the Collegium Novum Zurich, is the Korean composer Dahae Boo. With her work “Invisible a l’œuil nu” [Invisible to the naked eye] for 14 instruments and electronics she impressed jury and audience. The jury, consisting of Sarah Nemtsov, Clara Iannotta, Stefan Wirth, Martin Neukom and Michel Roth, praised in particular the physical sonority, the subtle pitch organization, the stringent form and the successful balance between instrumental and electronically generated sounds. Born in South Korea in 1988, Dahae Boo studied composition and computer music in Seoul, Tokyo, Paris (including at IRCAM), Stuttgart and Freiburg.
Dahae Boo, together with Tobias Krebs (Switzerland) and Kelley Sheehan (USA), was a finalist out of 66 entries to an ideas’ competition in October 2020. The three composers’ works were performed on December 4, 2021, in the Great Hall of the Tonhalle Zurich by the Collegium Novum Zurich under the direction of Johannes Schöllhorn. Directly after the concert, the jury’s decision was made: Dahae Boo was honored as the winner. Apart from the world premieres, the composition prize of the CHRISTOPH DELZ FOUNDATION is endowed with 50,000 Swiss francs, the two other finalists each receive 10,000 Swiss francs. Thus, the foundation established by the Swiss pianist and composer Christoph Delz (1950-1993) fulfills its main purpose. This time the composition competition was held for the first time in cooperation with the Collegium Novum Zurich.