Seo Yoon Soyoona Kim is a composer and music educator based in Baltimore, MD, raised in Korea and Russia. She likes observing nature, walking in historic sites, immersing in old and new stories, and often draws inspiration from these activities. In January, Seo Yoon is making her West coast debut as her Bored Violinist, a theatrical piece for solo violin, will be performed in San Francisco.
Seo Yoon's compositions have been performed widely in the U.S. and internationally at festivals including the 30th Seoul Music Festival, International Festival of Children’s Musical Theatre at Novosibirsk, and Longy’s Divergent Studio. Her music was performed by Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Opera Department, as well as by ensembles including Density512, Pique Collective, Bergamot Quartet. Kim is a composer fellow of Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, the winner of New York Dance & Arts Innovations' "New Vision" Composition Competition, Student Commissioning Project of the American Guild of Organists, and the finalist of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition. In 2021, Seo Yoon released the first collective album Hearing Stars on streaming platforms, with her colleagues CNSNC composers.
Seo Yoon is passionate about bringing music to a broader world. She was a violinist at Peabody String Sinfonia, where she toured several places in the Baltimore community to give concerts. Seo Yoon served as a composition instructor in the Junior Bach program to help young composers realize their first composition. With her colleagues of CNSNC collective, she has collaborated with scientists in the Baltimore area, including Space Telescope Science Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, to make new music accessible to a broader community.
Seo Yoon is currently pursuing DMA in music composition with Dr. Kevin Puts at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as a music theory teaching assistant of Dr. Steve Stone. She is grateful to her mentors Michael Hersch, Harold Meltzer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Byung-dong Paik, Bong-ho Kim, Yuri Yukechev, and Mikhail Bogdanov.