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Jan. 6, 2023Print | PDF
Texu Kim is “one of the most active and visible composers of his generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), writing fun, sophisticated, and culturally connected music. Drawing on his affinity for humor, his background in science, and his fascination with everyday experiences, Kim’s work radiates positivity, offering “major-league cuteness” (Broadway World) while demonstrating “surprising scope.” (San Diego Story) As a Korean-American, Kim explores the localization of imported traditions, incorporating cross-cultural elements into his work in “impressive and special” ways so that “many orchestras and conductors around the world are taking an interest in [his] music.” (KPBS)
An impressive roster of international ensembles has performed Kim’s music, including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, and more. Additionally, he served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean National Symphony Orchestra (2014-16). An assistant professor of music at San Diego State University, Kim has received awards and honors from the Barlow Prize, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, American Modern Ensemble, Copland House, SCI/ASCAP, and Isang Yun International Composition Prize, in addition to winning a Silver Medal in the 1998 International Chemistry Olympiad. Kim earned his D.M. from Indiana University and prior degrees from Seoul National University.
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