Seo Yoon Kim

William Bolcom and Joan Morris Fellow


“Since I lived in Russia for a long period of time, I have always been interested in the difference between cultures and languages. I liked to compare myths and tales between cultures, subtle differences in nuance depending on which word you choose to translate. Thus, I double-majored in Russian Language and Literature, translated two Russian books to Korean and published them, and studied a few years to be a Korean diplomat in Russia. However, I realized that I feel uncomfortable when I do anything else but compose, so I decided to delve into composition again after a long gap.” 

 — Seo Yoon Kim

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1988 Born in Ulsan, Korea

1995 Went to Lyceum in Glinka State Conservatory, Novosibirsk, Russia (violin, composition, piano)

2001 Went to Precollege of Manhattan School of Music, New York.

2002 Moved to Ulsan, Korea

2004 Went to Seoul Arts High School (Composition)

2007 Went to Seoul National University (Musicology, Russian literature, Music education)

2011 Graduated from the University. Started an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea.

2012 Started a new job at LG

2013 Started studying for Korean National Diplomat Examination

2014 Married to Heedong Goh

2016 Moved to Austin, TX. Audited music classes and took private composition lessons at University of Texas at Austin

2018.9 Will start MM at Peabody (composition)