Jin Hi

Jin Hi Kim

She // Her // Hers

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Composer and Electric Komungo Performer
Bridgeport, CT
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Barr Foundation.

Jin Hi Kim, a composer and innovative komungo virtuoso, codesigned the world’s only electric komungo with custom computer programs. Kim’s work reflects the duality of her ancient Korean roots and contemporary American society, with interdisciplinary works merging Asian mythology and advanced Western technology.

She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo into the American contemporary music scene and for extensive solo performances on the electric komungo in large-scale multimedia performance pieces such as Ghost Komungobot, Digital Buddha, and Touching the Moons. In 2021, described her as “a musical philosopher and radiator of electricity.”

Over the past three decades, Kim has developed a series of “Living Tones” compositions that she has performed as a soloist with the Kronos Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Chamber music Society of Lincoln Center. Kim has performed her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, the Asia Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and elsewhere around the world.

Portrait photo by A. Prathap.

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