Seong Ae Kim is a Korean-born composer based in New York City. She has received commissions from internationally acclaimed ensembles and soloists such as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Amanda Gookin, Forward Music Project, Parhelion Trio, Hypercube, Ensemble Mise-en, Iktus Percussion+, Ensemble Pan, Multicultural Sonic Evolution, Josh Perry, Vasko Dukovsky, Kelley Barnett, and Jessica Kunttu among others.
Her recent works spanning the past 5 years have been acutely focused on amplifying self-truth and voicing social justice concerns. Compositions as #MeToo (2018), the other untold story (2019), Percèe (2018) and Collocation (2018) are self-confessional in nature. These four pieces aim to tell her own stories of past breakthroughs and to create safe spaces to share vulnerabilities that connect us all as human beings.
As an advocate for social justice, she has collaborated with fellow artists as Amanda Gookin of Forward music project, Parhelion trio, Ensemble Pan and Josh Perry to create the pieces SIDE-BLOW (2021), Fever dream (2021), Red-blue-very white (2019), Break free (2020), and sound of soundless (2016) to address current social crises. She lends her voice through these pieces to encourage those who are marginalized and voiceless to stand up and amplify themselves for their basic human rights.
Her works were presented at June in Buffalo, Composer’s conference, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, International double reed society, Audio Trending Manual Festival, New York Women Composers Inc. Festival, Hot air music festival and WCC general assembly to name a few.
Her compositions have been performed by various ensembles and artists as Andrés Orozco-Estrada, James Baker, Er-Gene Kahng, the Köhne Quartet, Ensemble Ipse, the Krechkovsky–Loucks Duo, Pro Arte Orchestra, Rath Duo, and Ensemble Hansori among others. Her music has been presented internationally on concert stages including Merkin Concert Hall, Opera America’s National Opera Center, Herbert von Karajan Centrum (Vienna, Austria), Seoul Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea), National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo (Japan), Alte Schmiede (Vienna, Austria), and Culture Tank Park (Seoul, South Korea) among others.
She holds a PhD in music composition from Stony Brook University, Mdiv from Drew University and an MA and BA in both composition and conducting from University for music and performing arts in Vienna, Austria (Einstimmige Auszeichnung- unanimous distinction).