Hi Kyung Kim (born in 1954), a native of Korea, received a B.A. in composition from Seoul National University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received an Eisner prize in Creative Arts and two Di Lorenzo Composition Prizes. As a recipient of the U.C. Berkeleys George C. Ladd Prix de Paris, she worked at Institut de Rechéreche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) and École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1988-1990. Her composition teachers were Andrew Imbrie, Olly Wilson, Gérald Grisey, and Sung-Jae Lee. Currently she is an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her honors/awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award
from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Koussevitzky
Foundation in the Library of Congress Commission, Commissioning USA grant
from Meet the Composer, awards from the Tanglewood Music Center, MacDowell
Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Cleveland Dodge Foundation,
American Music Center, a grant from the University of California InterCampus
Arts Program, which made possible the Pacific Rim Festival of Contemporary
Music (1996), at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and others.
Her works have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Cabrillo
Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Rohnert Park Symphony, U.C. Berkeley
Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Empyrean
Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and many others. Her interest in Korean Traditional
Music took her back to Korea in 1985 and 1998 for study. Her research
on the music of Elliot Carter was done at the Paul Sacher Foundation in