Kim, Hi Kyung
- Joshua Kosman
(b Seoul, March 15, 1954). American composer of Korean birth. She studied at Seoul National University and the University of California, Berkeley, as well as at IRCAM and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her principal composition teachers included Imbrie, Olly Wilson, Grisey and Sung-Jae Lee. A member of the music department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she founded the Pacific Rim Festival of Contemporary Music there in 1996. Kim's extensive research on Elliott Carter and traditional Korean music is reflected in her compositions. Rhythmic complexity and formal intricacy underlie even her most accessible works, and many of her structural and timbral ideas owe something to Korean folk music. Her honours include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Charles Dodge Foundation and Meet the Composer.