Texu KimSyracuse, NY
Texu Kim‘s works have been performed by Minnesota Orchestra, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, among many others. His music has earned honors and awards from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Copland House, American Modern Ensemble, SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition, and Isang Yun International Composition Prize.
Much of Texu’s compositional outlook reflects his personal fascination with everyday experiences, as in his piece Bounce!!, inspired by bouncing basketballs and incorporates different aspects of bouncing through bouncy gestures and alternating chords and instruments. As a person with a multicultural background, he also composes music about modern Korea and the interaction between its folk culture and external influences, as in Monastic Sceneries which addresses the integration of American evangelical and indigenous shaman traditions in Korean Christianity.
Texu teaches composition and music theory at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music as an assistant teaching professor. He also served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18. Having studied with Unsuk Chin, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, and Sangjick Jun, he received his D.M. from Indiana University and other degrees from Seoul National University.