Born in 1945 in Cheongju/Korea. Before coming to Germany via a DAAD scholarship, Younghi Pagh-Paan studied composition at the Seoul National University. From 1974 to 1979 she studied composition with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough at the University of Music Freiburg. Guest professorships at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria (1991) and at the University of Music Karlsruhe (1992/93) followed.
In 1994 she was appointed professor of Composition at the University of the Arts Bremen; here she founded and directed the Atelier Neue Musik, an institute for contemporary music. She was honored with a series of internationally acclaimed awards: Preis der Europäischen Kirchenmusik, the 1st Paeknam Prize (Life Achievement Award, Korea) and The 11th Daewon Musik Awards Special Contribution Prize. She lives in Bremen and Panicale/Italy.
Which skill, that you’ve learned by working with an ensemble, helps you in everyday life?
I’ve learned many things, absolutely! Mutual understanding, respecting the other in the ensemble.
Is music science? Why (not)?
Music is not science. Everyone feels different. Music doesn’t have to prove the “truth”. Music could open up the heart of the other – or lock it up.
Where are the limits of notation?
I don’t think there are limits in instrumental notation.