Seung-Won Oh

(b. 1969, Seoul).

South Korean composer, now resident in the USA, of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

Ms. Oh studied composition with Doo-young Sung at Ewha Womans University in Seoul from 1990–96, where she earned her BA and MMus. She then studied electronic music with Scott Wyatt at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1996–97 and studied composition with Martin Boykan, Eric Chasalow, John Melby, David Rakowski, and Yehudi Wyner at Brandeis University from 1997–2004, where she earned her PhD. She also studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag from 2001–03.

Among her honours are a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire (2003) and the Buma Toonzetters Prijs (2010, for JungGa). Her music has been performed in Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, and the USA.

She taught as Assistant Professor of Composition at DePaul University in Chicago from 2011–19.


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The Trojan Women (incidental music, play by Euripides), daegeum (transverse flute from the Koreas) (+ sogeum [transverse flute from the Koreas]), gayageum (zither from the Koreas), percussion, fixed media, 2007

Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi (music-theatre work, text by Hwang Jini), mezzo-soprano, dancer, 4 percussion, 2008

Lege Wieg/Bos Besik (opera, libretto by Anne Vegter), lyric soprano, soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, baritone, 4 mixed voices, mixed chorus, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), cello, double bass, accordion, percussion, 2010


Intermixtus, alto saxophone, 1999

Conversion, piano, percussion, 1999

String Quartet No. 2, 2000

Concertino, flute (+ piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, cello, double bass, percussion, 2001

So-Ri I – Sound I, flute, guitar, 2001

So-Ri II, violin, cello, piano, 2001

Dark Blue Horizon, trumpet, trombone, piano, 2002

Whey-jun-mok-ma – Merry-go-round, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2002

Oh-um-gae, flute (+ piccolo), 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, double bass, piano, 2002

DaDeRimGil – Ironing Ritual, 6 percussion, 2003

Shunt, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 2 ensembles (flute [+ piccolo], oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone; 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass), 2003

Yaw-unn II, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2003

Circle for One, percussion, 2004

Double Palindrome, flute (+ piccolo), bass clarinet, piano, 2004

Two Moons, amplified violin, amplified cello, 2004

Concerto, piano, percussion, ensemble (flute [+ piccolo], clarinet [+ bass clarinet], French horn, trombone, violin, cello), 2005

Concerto for Hyun and Kwan, sheng (mouth organ from China), flute (+ piccolo), oboe, duduk (oboe from Armenia), piri (oboe from the Koreas) (+ taepyeongso [oboe from the Koreas]), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), harp, guitar, mandolin, kemençe (bowed lute from Central Asia), gayageum, qanun (zither from the Middle East), zheng (zither from China), violin, erhu (violin from China), viola, cello, double bass, 2 percussion, 2005

Serenade for Four Strings (string quartet no. 3), string quartet, 2005

Study, bassoon, piano, 2005

Unsung Equilibrium, flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, bass guitar, piano, 2005

Concerto of Consonant Chord Catalogue, piano, ensemble (oboe, clarinet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion), 2006

Non-Duet, bass trombone, percussion, 2006

12062006 a fanfare for Ligeti, flute, 3 oboes, clarinet, bassoon, 2006

String Quartet No. 4, 'Crossing', 2006

Tainted Sculpture, saenghwang (mouth organ from the Koreas), daegeum (+ sogeum), piri, clarinet, guitar, gayageum, cello, 2 percussion, 2007

Canon Interrupted, 4 percussion, 2008

Canonic Phase, 4 percussion, 2008

Fragments (flexible music), alto saxophone, electric guitar, piano, percussion, 2009

JungGa (concerto), oboe (+ piccolo oboe), ensemble (flute, clarinet [+ bass clarinet], harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion), 2009


Recollection for ChoHee (text by Heo Nanseolheon), 6 mixed voices, 2006


Yaw-unn I, soprano, alto recorder (+ tenor recorder), violin, percussion, 2002

Song of Regret (text by Hwang Jini), soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002

Na-ya! – It's me (text by the composer), female voice (+ temple bell), 2003


Figures in Time, 2011