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Texu Kim

Syracuse, NY      

Texu Kim writes music inspired by 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 served as the Composer-in-Residence at Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18. His works have also been performed by Minnesota Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Oakland Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS – Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, among others. Upcoming performances include those by Oregon Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Texu’s music has earned awards and honors from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Copland House, SCI/ASCAP, etc., and his music has been presented at Brucknerfest, SONiC Festival, SCI National Conferences, to name a few. His arrangements have featured on numerous albums, with labels including DECCA and DG.

Having received a D.M. from Indiana University, Texu teaches composition and music theory at Syracuse University as Assistant Teaching Professor. Fun fact: in 1998, he won silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.

Black Tea Music handles promotion, commissions, and rentals for Texu Kim.

Bounce!! (2014)

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Monastic Sceneries

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Sorigil Begins (2018), Mov.3

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