Sunbin Kim is a Korean-born composer/pianist now based in New York. He graduated from Bard College and Bard Conservatory where he studied composition with George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, and theory with John Halle. Sunbin also received a degree in Physics.
Sunbin received his MMA from The Juilliard School in 2016, receiving composition instruction from Robert Beaser. At Juilliard, he won the Gina Rapp String Quartet Competition for which he received a commission and performance at Alice Tully Hall this past November. He also won a competition for a new compositon by the New Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble. His piece for NJCE, Studies in Darkness (after Mark Rothko) was performed in December 2018.
Sunbin now studies composition with Reiko Feuting in the DMA program at Manhattan School of Music. He has taken private or master classes with Steven Stucky, Sydney Hodkinson, Joel Hoffman, Ira Taxin, George Stelluto, Martin Amlin, Ofer Ben-Amots, Jan Jirásek, Adam Scott Neal, Andrew List, and Steven Sacco. Sunbin twice attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and received a fellowship to study composition at the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has been invited to numerous other music festivals including the Zodiac Music Festival in Valdeblore, France, the ISAM festival in Michelstadt, Germany, the Charlotte New Music Festival, and the Uzmah/Upbeat International Summer School in Milna, Croatia, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, the High Score Festival in Pavia, Italy, and the Atlantic Music Festival.
As a pianist, Sunbin premiered his own work, “Fantasy Concerto,” performing with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein.
Sunbin’s ensemble compositions have been premiered widely in the US, as well as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, France, and Croatia. He has received commissions for new works from the New Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble, the Iktus Percussion Ensemble, Smash Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Palisades Virtuosi (recorded on Albany Records), and Engle Winds.
Sunbin has received numerous composition awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, eight ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards and the International North/South Consonance Composers Competition.
Sunbin Kim is a member of the American Composers Alliance.