Through his chamber music, choral music, and arts leadership, Korean-American composer and cellist Solomon Kim (b. 2001) explores theatricality, electro-acoustic idioms, and composer-performer-audience relationships.  Solomon’s music draws from the influence of classical sounds and structures while filtering them through new spectralist, minimalist, electroacoustic, and theatrical sounds. His music has been performed in Japan and the United States, with premieres by the American School in Japan choirs, students at the Heifetz International Music Institute, and Emory University’s Department of Music.

In-progress and recent projects include an improvised feedback loop for people and electronics, orchestral and chamber works exploring Korean-American culture and heritage, and a suite of interdisciplinary works in collaboration with artists from across the United States. His piece “Octet” for wind and brass instruments was recently premiered by the Emory Wind Ensemble.

Currently, Solomon is a second-year student studying composition with Dr. Katherine Young. He is a Robert W. Woodruff Dean’s Achievement Scholar and is President and Founder of the Emory Composers’ Society, a club promoting new music on campus. He is a 2022-2023 Fellow in the Stipe Society of Creative Scholars.


Photos courtesy Amelia Andujar (1, 2), Andrew Wang (4), Noelle Watson (3).

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