Nicky Sohn

Gerald Fischer Fellow


“Recently, I got to work with the National Theater of Korea where I wrote a piece for a Korean traditional orchestra. It was probably the most challenging piece I had to write so far because of my lack of understanding of the instruments, but by writing this work, I learned so much about Korean music. I am hoping to merge these two worlds: Where I come from and where I have lived... I also feel very powerful to be a composer because I feel that I have control over the concept of time. In so many cases, I feel chased by the time — I am always running out of time for everything. But within my work, I get to show how I perceive ten minutes or an hour.”

— Nicky Sohn


Born in 1992 in Seoul, Korea, Nicky Sohn has recently been appointed as the composer-in- residence of the National Theater of Korea. Sohn’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent commissions include compositions for The Stuttgart Ballet, National Orchestra of Korea, and New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. She has served as the composer-in-residence of the Avalon Music Consort in Sweden, Washington Square Winds and Project: Sound. The 2017-18 season highlights consist of Sohn’s first opera, Emperor’s New Clothes for the UCLA vocal department, the premiere of a large orchestral work commissioned by the National Theater of Korea, and a commission from the Stuttgart Ballet. She has received an invitation to the Aspen Music Festival as a composition fellow for the summer of 2018.

Sohn is a recipient of many awards and honors including Peter Mennin and Vincent Persichetti Endowment Fund, G. Gershwin Memorial Scholarship, and Milton Babbitt Scholarship. She was named as the winner of the UCLA Wind Ensemble Thomas Lee Composition Competition and received the Leslie Bassett Graduate Award as well as an invitation to the Alba Music Festival in Italy as a graduate fellow in 2017. She completed her middle school and high school studies at the age of fourteen. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in 2014 with David Tcimpidis. Her Masters of Music degree is from The Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Robert Beaser and graduated in 2016.

She was a member of the New York Youth Symphony's composition program from 2012 to 2014 and has attended several festivals including Ars Nova with Unsuk Chin and Seoul Philharmonic, Atlantic Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, and the Summer Festival of the Moscow Conservatory of Music.

Sohn has had lessons with some of the most well-renowned composition teachers including John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, Lowell Lieberman, Derek Bermel, and Chris Theofanidis.