Jin Hi Kim is New Haven Symphony Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence and a recipient of 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition. Kim is an innovative virtuoso of the komungo (Korean fretted-board zither), who has introduced the indigenous instrument into Western contemporary music in a wide array of compositions over 25 years, and has devoted her life to introducing Korean music outside of Korea. She co-designed the world’s only electric komungo.
Kim performed as a komungo soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society (New York), Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), and many prestigious festivals and stages around the world.
Kim was invited to Composer to Composer residency program with John Cage and other international leading composers. As a composer Kim has developed a series of compositions, Living Tones --The timbral persona of each tone generated is treated with an abiding respect, as its philosophical mandate from Buddhism, a reverence for the ‘life’ of a tone, the color and nuance granted each articulation from Korean Shamanism. Kim’s commissions were performed by Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Xenakis Ensemble (Holland), American Composers Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony, KBS Symphony (S. Korea) and many others.
Kim has received the Award for Music Composition from the Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, which was created by John Cage and Jasper Johns to support innovative creative work in the arts. She is a recipient of American Composers Orchestra Composer Fellowship, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Wolff Ebermann Prize for at International Theater Institute and Meet The Composer US Commission as well as the residence fellowship for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, Asian Cultural Council to Japan, Djerassi Foundation, California, Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University.
In South Korea, Kim is highly respected for her role of cultural ambassador and her invention of the electric komungo. National Broadcasting System (KBS-TV) produced an hour documentary film on Kim’s musical contribution. An interview about her electric komungo was broadcast on Arirang-TV and MBC-TV in conjunction with Korean Traditional Craft Exhibition at United Nation. Kim was featured on interviews and performances on BBC Radio; PBS in the US, and National TV and Radio programs in Europe.
More information: www.jinhikim.com
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