Sunbin Kim began composing music at the age of five. At age eight, a concert of his works for string quartet, chamber ensemble, and solo piano were performed at Opus Hall in Seoul, Korea. After moving to the US at age ten, he studied composition and piano at Mannes Prep and the Juilliard School Pre-College.
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 now studies composition with Robert Beaser in the MM program at the Juilliard School. 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. This summer, Sunbin has been invited to attend the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival in Valencia, Spain.
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 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 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.