Il Hoon Son
C o m p o s e r
“Son actualized a witty pass-on game with musical chairs effect by using only instruments.”
— de Volkskrant
“He kept the audience on the edge of their seat with his ingenious musical game piece <Rhythm Bomb>.”
— NRC Handelsblad
Il Hoon Son was born in Seoul, South Korea. After he studied composition at the Korea National University of Arts, he came to the Netherlands and received a master’s degree in music and an artist diploma with Cornelis de Bondt, Rozalie Hirs, Jan van de Putte, and Peter Adriaansz in The Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Son has worked as a free-lance composer since 2014, receiving commissions and performances from ensembles, Festivals, and individual musicians from all over the world. His most characteristic work “Musical Game Series” attracts much attention from the audience recently by transforming the concert hall into a stadium which gives the performer maximum creativity to participate in. By doing so, the performer can assign their own taste to the work and produce different results for each performance. From <20 Questions> the first game piece among the series premiered by Amsterdam Piano Quartet in the festival Dag in de Branding to <Rhythm Bomb> the latest game piece commissioned and premiered by Het Nieuw Ensemble, his works are performed and broadcast regularly worldwide and have featured on many stages, from the Festival Music in Pyeongchang to Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht and from Seoul to Berlin.
Besides, Son worked together with many other ensembles such as <Trance the movie> a short musical film with Neo-fanfare 9x13, <Alexander’s feast> a re-composed oratorio of Handel-Son with Rotterdam Alexander Kamerkoor with Solists and baroque ensemble van het Koninklijk Conservatorium. His keyboard works such as <Toccata> (aka. toccata - casino) premiered by organist Laurens de Man with Müller Organ in The Grote of St.-Bavokerk Haarlem during The International Organ Festival Haarlem and <Around> premiered by Gijsbert Kok on the carillon of the Grote Kerk, Den Haag, published on the 5th book of the Carillon Den Haag with the support of the municipality foundation.
As a composer-in-residence Son composes works for ensemble ClubM annually and his works have been premiered by the ensemble in the concert hall such as Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert hall, etc. The classical radio channel of the Korean Broadcasting System characterized one of his works for the ensemble <Meditation> as “His sense of modernity is absolutely expressed in his music”.
Son works as not only a music-director to derive completion from the performance to the stage but also as an improvisation pianist as well on the stage such as Seoul Free-music Festival 2009/10, Amsterdam Oorsprong Curator Series, Gaudeamus Sessie #18, Rewire Festival The Hague 2018, The Festival Music in Pyeon Chang 2019 together with many of artists.