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Silk Road Ensemble members Gulia Mashurova and Jonathan Gandelsman at a commissioning workshop.


Creating New Music
Silk Road Ensemble members Gulia Mashurova and Johnny Gandelsman at a commissioning workshop at Tanglewood Music Center. Retreats and workshops provide an opportunity for Silk Road Ensemble members to develop music for a wide range of instruments.

Composer Jeeyoung Kim


"Music is not a servant of our history but is a true mediator between cultures."


Jeeyoung Kim

Composer (Korea) As a Korean-born composer who was educated in Korea and the United States, Jeeyoung Kim's music harmonizes the unique cultural aspects from Eastern and Western traditions.

Her musical has been described as "tonal but with Schoenberg's nuances. Unlike Schoenberg's this music depends more upon sheer instrumental color than on its underlying structure for its impact—upon moments of fleeting poetry punctuated by silence. The result is a highly Impressionistic essay, and a haunting one." (William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine). "Even to the untrained ear, there was no mistaking the elegance and poignancy of this music." (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle).

Recently, her orchestra piece "Heroes" was performed at the Yeo-Su EXPO in Korea and at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. Her new opera From My Mother's Mother was commissioned and will be premiered in November 2012 by Houston Grand Opera in Houston, TX.

Ms. Kim has won awards and recognition from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the ASCAP;International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM); National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA); Meet the Composer; Bunting Fellowship from Harvard University; Dale Warland Singers New Music Competition; American Music Center; Seattle Creative Orchestra Competition; Jerome Foundation; Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale University; Atlantic Center for the Arts; Aspen Music Festival; and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

In addition, she has received numerous commissions and her music has been performed by many chamber orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra; the Seattle Symphony; Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra; KBS Orchestra; KBS Korea Traditional Music Orchestra; Contemporary Gugak Orchestra; Su-Won Philharmonic Orchestra; Dae-Jeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea; Empire State Youth Orchestra; Chanticleer; Dale Warland Singers; Su-Won Civic Choir; De ereprijs in the Netherlands; Music At the Anthology, led by Philip Glass; Azure Ensemble; Ethos Percussion Group; the American Composers Forum; Wu Man; Seoul Spring Festival; and Contemporary Music Ensemble of Korea.

Ms. Kim studied composition in Yonsei University in Korea (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.). She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. In 2001-2002, she was awarded the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University, where she composed and researched Asian music and philosophy. She was a composer in residence for Chanticleer in 2003-2004.

Other Ensemble members from Korea
Dong-Won Kim
Ji Hyun Kim
You-Young Kim