Hi Kyung Kim is a composer whose music often integrates Non-Western with Western music.
As a Fulbright scholar she conducted research on Korean traditional music at the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts and at Seoul National University in Korea. She was a stagiare (composer-in-residence) at L'Institute de Rechérche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), and studied 20th Century Music and Musicology at École Normale Supérieure and IRCAM during her residency in 1988-90 in Paris on a George C. Ladd Prix de Paris from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also researched Elliott Carter's music at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.
She is the artistic director of the Pacific Rim Music Festival, which was founded in 1996 and has been presented periodically. The next festival is planned for 2010. She also directed the Festival for Korean Gayageum and Western Instruments in 2007 that included eleven events in California and in Seoul.
Her commissioned works include a piece for chamber ensemble for the special project Hun Qiao (Bridge of Souls) "Commemorating World War II" written for the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and Yo-Yo Ma, a work for the Alexander String Quartet, a piece for voice and chamber ensemble commissioned by the Koussevitzky foundation and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and a piece for choir and chamber orchestra commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and BluePrint Festival. Her current project includes a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural project, Rituel Suite which is the conclusion to her previous works Rituels I, II, and III that received successful performances between 2001 and 2005 at international venues.