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.
Sunbin studies composition with Robert Beaser in the graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music. 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.
He has studied and participated in master classes with Steven Sacco, Ira Taxin, George Stelluto, Martin Amlin (Tanglewood Music Festival,) and Ofer Ben-Amots and Jan Jirásek (ISAM festival in Michelstadt, Germany.)
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 newest work, “Gong,” for alto flute, piano and marimba was commissioned by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and will premiere at the Aspen Music Festival in July.
Sunbin has received numerous awards including seven ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards and the International North/South Consonance Composition Competition.
Currently, Sunbin is 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.