Kim, Misook

Misook Kim at the pianoMisook Kim received her B.M. from Seoul National University, Korea. She completed her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition and the certificate of piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Reviewer Mike Greenberg, writing in the San Antonio Express-News, called the composer ‘a bold and unrepentant modernist.’ He also has mentioned in the San Antonio Current, ‘her music was fearlessly Modern – spiky, protean, often highly compressed, proudly declining to participate in the fashion for “accessibility” – but she was so sure-footed in her instincts and her craft that she earned her listeners’ trust to lead them safely and enjoyably through the strange realms she conjured.’

Kim has won International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Judith Zaimont Award, the Long Island Arts Council International Composition Competition in 2007 and the 2008 International Sejong Music Composition Competition. Most recently, Kim has won The 2018 Global Music Awards and Music Teachers National Association, ISMTA Commissioned Composer Competition for her composition for orchestra, The AWAKENING. Her music was broadcast on Classical Spotlight of KPAC (Texas Public Radio) and WFMT (Chicago’s Classical Radio). In the fall of 2006, Kim joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College.


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