Sunbin Kim began composing music at the age of five. At age eight, a concert of his works for string quartet, chamber ensemble, and solo piano were performed at Opus Hall in Seoul, Korea.
He graduated from Bard College and Bard Conservatory where he studied with George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, and John Halle. Sunbin also received a degree in Physics.
Sunbin now studies composition with Robert Beaser in the graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music.He has participated in master classes and summer festivals with Steven Sacco, Ira Taxin, George Stelluto, Martin Amlin (Tanglewood Music Festival), Ofer Ben-Amots and Jan Jirásek (ISAM festival in Michelstadt, Germany), Adam Scott Neal (Charlotte New Music Festival), Andrew List (Zodiac Music Festival, Valdeblore, France), and Joel Hoffman (Upbeat/Uzmah Summer Music Festival, Milna Croatia.)
In 2014, Sunbin premiered his “Fantasy Concerto,” performing on piano with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein.
In 2013, “Two Mirrors” for flute and string trio premiered in Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Prague and Vienna. He has received commissions for new works from the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Palisades Virtuosi (recorded on Albany Records), and Engle Winds. His chamber work, “Gong,” for alto flute, piano and marimba was commissioned by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and premiered at the Aspen Music Festival in July, 2015.
Sunbin has received numerous awards including eight ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards and the International North/South Consonance Composers Competition.
Sunbin is also working on an orchestral piece entitled, “Klauśnarrāsana,” based on a story and fictional language of his own invention. The five-movement work integrates his interests in acoustics, spectral music composition, and conlanging (language creation.)
Sunbin Kim is a member of the American Composers Alliance.
Daybreak for solo violin (for Circling the Waves)
Michiko Theurer, violin