Solomon Young-Joon Kim creates inclusive artistic communities and vibrant musical experiences through his music composition and arts leadership.

Solomon’s music engages fragmentation of truth, musical solidarity; and electronic-acoustic intersections. Diverse ensembles and groups including Hypercube, Transient Canvas, the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Emory Wind Ensemble, Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and American School in Japan Choirs have performed, read, and workshopped his music. Recent and in-progress projects include The Meeting, an electroacoustic improvisation simulating online echo chambers, and Network Theory, a collaborative suite engaging three Atlanta and US-based artists to create a sonic representation of his artistic ecosystem.

Currently, Solomon is studying at Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Dean’s Achievement Scholar. At Emory, he studied with Joel Rust, Adam Mirza, Katherine Young, and Timuçin Sahin. As a 2022-2023 Fellow in the Stipe Society of Creative Scholars, Solomon is a passionate advocate for new music on campus and in Atlanta. He founded the Emory Composers’ Society, a group premiering diverse new works and fostering an inclusive musical community at Emory University. Solomon’s work has been spotlighted in Underground Atlanta, the College Music Society’s Southern Chapter Conference, CubeLab4, and other diverse venues.

Solomon is a passionate cellist, playing in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paul Bhasin. He is also active as a contemporary performer and conductor, with a particular interest in conducted improvisation. He has performed with improvisers around Emory and Atlanta, including Emory CompFest and Timuçin Sahin’s “Flow State,” the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, and Emory student musicians.


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