Wesleyan portrait of Jin Hi  Kim

Jin Hi Kim

Adjunct Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies

Director, Korean Drumming Ensemble

1 Vine Street,

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Music, Part-Time


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BA Seoul National University
MFA Mills College

Jin Hi Kim

Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso, Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition, Korean music specialist, has performed as a komungo soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, and around the world. She also plays janggo drum (장고) and dancer's barrel drum set for her creative work and collaboration. Kim is known as a pioneer for introducing geomungo (거문고, a Korean fretted board zither, also spelled komungo) to American contemporary music scene through her own cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions and her extensive solo work in avant-garde, as well as cross-cultural free improvisation. Kim’s recent works include a development of komungobot (virtual robotic instrument) and solo performances of the world’s only electric komungo with live interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces. A retrospective interview about Kim was archived in Oral History of American Music at Yale University Library. Her autobiography was published in Seoul, South Korea. Kim has given lectures about Korean traditional music and her compositional concept ‘Living Tones’ at over 200 universities in the USA including Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University.  WWW.jinhikim.com

Jin Hi Kim co-designed the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MAX/MSP program that represents an evolution of the instrument into the twenty-first century. Kim was featured on PRI's The World, Voice of America, and BBC-Global Hit in recognition of her works that lead to a new direction incorporating a profound Asian cultural heritage with a balance of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Kim has received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, and Tan Dun’s New Generation of East program for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Kim is awarded Fulbright Special Project 2016 to Vietnam, 2015 Composers Now Creative Residencies at the Pocantico Center of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 2014 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Indonesia, 2013 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum, and received a 2001 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, which was created by John Cage and Jasper Johns.

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Wednesday 1-3:30pm at World Music Hall


Fall 2022
MUSC 413 - 01
Korean Drumming&Creative Music

MUSC 414 - 01
Korean Drum&Creative Music Adv