Paris: La Lettre du Musicien  “Memoir of Dong-Hak is fully convincing. This masterfully orchestrated quintet makes every soloist radiate, and ends in a particularly bright lyrical way, after a very tense performance, …freeing herself from the rules and traditions of the European (Classical) Music…”  Laurent Vilarem

Hee Yun Kim is the winner of the prestigious award, Pablo Casals International Composition Competition in France, 2007. Her music has rich imagination, colorful orchestration and dramatic energy of musical lines.  Her compositions have been performed in many cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States including New York, Boston, Ottawa, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Krakow and Seoul, and performed by prominent ensembles including the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Calliopée, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Composers Ensemble of Northern New York, ALEA III,  The Pianissimo and HET Trio.

She served on the Composition Review Committee for the U.S. College Music Society International Conference in 2011 and also served as a jury for the Martirano International Composition Award in 2008. Other honors include the Utah Arts Festival National Commissioning Program Finalist in 2010, a recipient of the Seoul Cultural Foundation Grant in 2010,  and the Tokyo International Composition Competition Second Prize in 2005.  Her recent commissions include Three Phrases for woodwind quintet by Euterpe Woodwind Quintet in Korea; Awakening for flute and piano by duo Young Music (Austria) premiered at the 2010 Flute Festival Munich in Germany; Himalaya for cello solo by Paris-based cellist Romain Garioud, the prize-winner of Tchaikovsky and Rostropovitch Competitions; Four Colors for piano duo by The Pianissimo. Her chamber work, Memoir of Dong-Hak was published in the 2010 SCI (Society of Composers Inc.) CD Series Mosaic and Gravitation of Resonance for harp will be published in the upcoming SCI Journal of Scores.

She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Seoul National University in Korea, and her doctoral degrees from Krakow Music Academy in Poland and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teachers include Erik Lund, Stephen Taylor, Scott Wyatt, Marek Stachowski, Sukhi Kang and Chung-Gil Kim. As a visiting lecturer, she has taught composition and music theory courses in different schools including Pai-Chai University, Hye-Chon College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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