Hi Kyung Kim received a B.A. in composition from Seoul National University,
and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. As a recipient of the U.C. Berkeley's George C. Ladd Prix de Paris, she worked as a composer-in-residence at Institut de Rechéreche et Coordination Acoustique/ Musique (IRCAM) and École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1988-1990. Her composition teachers were Sung-Jae Lee (SNU), Andrew Imbrie, Olly Wilson (U.C. Berkeley), and Gérard Grisey (Paris). Currently she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and artistic director of the Pacific Rim Music Festival.
She has received the Walter Hinrichen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Fromm Music Foundation commission at Harvard University, a Fulbright Scholar award, a Commissioning USA grant from Meet the Composer, and grants from the University of California Inter-Campus Arts Program which made possible the establish the Pacific Rim Music Festival in 1996 at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kim’s compositions have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, San Francisco Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Rohnert Park Symphony, University of California, Berkeley Symphony, Speculum Musicae, Antara, Millennium Chamber Players, EarPlay, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Parallèle, Empyrean Ensemble, Alexander String Quartet, New Asia String Quartet, Aki Takahashi-Rae Imamura, Fonteneau-Sackett Duo, Yarn-Wire, Other Minds Festival, BluePrint Festival, San Francisco International Arts Festival, New American Music Festival, Symposium of the International Musicological Society in Melbourne, Australia, Inter Cultural Creativity Festival in Sydney, Australia, Asia Society New York, International Women Composers’ Festival, Pan Music Festival, Sound Clock Contemporary Music Ensemble, International Music Festival at Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, Pacific Rim Music Festival, Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, Asian Music Festivals in Japan, Israel, Korea, and others.
Her recent projects have included three major multi-media works titled “Rituels” for Korean Choreography, Korean Ensemble and Western Ensemble. These were featured internationally at many different venues, including Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts in Seoul from 2001 to 2005. A new work, THOUSAND GATES is planned to be presented in 2011. Kim has collaborated with number of Korean artists including Aeri Ji (gayageum), Jeong-Seung Kim (daegeum), Soo-Neon Chung (haegeum), Eun-Ha Park (percussion/dance), and Aeju Lee (dance), and presented the Festival for Korean Gayageum and Western Instruments in 2007 and premiere concerts with the Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (director, Jiyoung Yi) in 2010.
Kim completed an unfinished work of her teacher, the late Andrew Imbrie, Clarinet Quintet. The piece was commissioned by Harvard Musical Association and was premiered by Richard Stolzman and Borromeo String Quartet in December, 2009. She is working on commissions including a project for Chamber Music Society of Minnesota (second piece of the group), Requiem for Chamber Orchestra Ensemble Parallèle and Chamber Music Singers of UCSC, solo piano piece for Aki Takahashi, as well as a project for multi-disciplinary collaborative work.
Hi Kyung Kim’s music is published through C.F. Peters Edition and Soo Moon Dang publishing in Korea, and CDs are released by Albany Records, Centaur Records, and Capstone Records.