Composer-in-Residence

Kim Texu
Composer-in-Residence


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Kim Texu’s compositional outlook reflects a beautiful blend of positivity and curiosity in the world around him. Much of his music involves his personal fascination with modern and contemporary Korea as in his pieces ‘Ko-Oh’ and ‘Chopsalteok’ (in which he quoted a Korean lullaby and a street vendor’s song in his childhood, respectively), as well as everyday objects and sounds in ‘Shake It!!’ and ‘Bounce!!’ (inspired by a coffee grinder and bouncing basketballs, respectively).



Texu’s works have been performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Minnesota Orchestra, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Ensemble Mise-en, Fear No Music, Ensemble TIMF, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Verona Quartet, among many others. He was invited to Bruckner Festival, SONiC Festival, Mizzou International Composers Festival, June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival, SCI National Conference, Composers Conference, Oregon Bach Festival, etc., and has earned awards and honors from the Copland House Residency Award, SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition, Ossia New Music Composition Prize, the American Prize, C4 Commissioning Competition, Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Awrad, Isang Yun International Composition Prize, to name a few. Since May 2014, he has been serving as the Composer-in-Residence at Korean Symphony Orchestra.

Texu’s arrangement and orchestration works have been also commissioned and performed widely, as in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, at Carnegie Hall, and by New York Classical Players, as well as on numerous albums, including three of renowned soprano Sumi Jo ? “Libera”, “Ich Liebe Dich”, and “Missing You.” Having received a doctorate in music composition from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Texu is currently teaching music theory at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Texu’s principal teachers are Unsuk Chin, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, Sangjick Jun, and Jeongeun Seo. He holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in composition from Seoul National University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1998, he was a silver medal winner at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.

Paul Yeon Lee
Composer-in-Residence


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"… stormed the heavens with sweeping melodic gestures, romantic yearning"
- The Washington Post
"… put an emphasis on shimmering, shivering effects"
- The New York Times
"… deserves many more performances… It’s a perfect example of how lyrical and richly textured a modern work can be"
- Strings Magazine
"… mystical atmosphere"
- Fanfare Magazine
"… stunning coloristic effects"
- San Francisco Classical Voice
"… scintillating piece... deserves critical attention and establishes Lee as a composer to watch"
- Times Herald-Record
"… showstopper... A towering, often ferocious work… genuine… Lee is keeping an old flame very, very alive while fueling it with something that could only have been invented in this century."
- Lucid Culture

Lee has participated numerous festivals at American Museum of Natural History in New York since 2013: Festival Luna in 2013, Experience Korea in 2014 (Lee was the host, curator, artistic collaborator and composer) and Spotlight Asia: Big Cats in 2015. Lee's other honors and awards include two prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Walter Hinrichsen Award and Charles Ives Scholarship), Composer-in-Residence at Flushing Town Hall, New York City Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program, two grants from Korean Cultural Service NY, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Composer Workshop, ACO Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition and annual ASCAP Plus Awards. Lee has been a fellow at the Composers Now Festival at Symphony Space, SONiC FESTiVAL inNew York, Maitrise de Radio France in Paris, Trail Mix Chamber Concerts World Music Festival Millennium Park in Chicago, Taranaki International Festival of the Arts in New Zealand, 10th Adam Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, Cutting Edge Concerts Festival, American Composers Alliance’s Festival of American Music, MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, SCI National Annual Conference in New York as well as many conferences and festivals in universities and conservatories.

A recipient of the 2001 Helen F. Whitaker Commission from the American Composers Orchestra, Lee has also received many commissions including from Redwood Symphony, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Anthony J. Cirone (former San Francisco Symphony Percussionist and Chair of the Percussion Department at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music), cellist Ian Maksin, Joshua Friedlander (former violinist of the Florida State University New Music Ensemble), Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet and Pascal Roge (Gramophone Award recipient and Decca recording French pianist). In April 2014, Lee's Lost in the Echo for violoncello solo has been premiered in Chicago by an ardent cellist Ian Maksin. Furthermore, Maksin has recorded Lee’s music on his new CD, which has been released in August 2014. In January 2015, Lost in the Echo has been chosen to be on the Chicago's radio WFMT's Relevant Tones "Going Solo" program, which featured several performers including the world famous violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Currently, Maksin performs Lee’s music on his US tour and subsequently on Europe tour. The music score of Lost in the Echo is now published for sale by Edition Peters. Lee’s Echo of a Dream for full orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at SONiC FESTiVAL in October 2011 at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, NY. After the concert, Echo of a Dream was voted as the audience’s favorite orchestral music among others and it was subsequently broadcasted on the WQXR radio station. In 2015, Echo of a Dream will be included in the SONIC: Sounds of a New Century Double Live Recording Album by American Composers Orchestra. In 2015, Lee will be composing a main theme song for the upcoming Korean American Drama Series "The Romance Artist", starring the top model Dae Na and NY theatre actress Esther Nam. Lee's future projects are new commissions for Gamin at the Korea Society NY, American Museum of Natural History's Spotlight Asia, and Duo Sutre-Kim (Guillaume Sutre, first violinist of Ysaye Quartet and his wife harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre) on the 130th Anniversary of Korean-French Bastille Day Concert on June 23, 2016 in Saint Emilion, France.

Lee's music has received many performances by soloists and ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including the world renowned pianist Pascal Roge and his wife pianist Ami Hakuno Roge, Ian Maksin, Kate Bowling, Speculum Musicae, SongFusion, Contemporary Music Ensemble at Mannes College of Music, Del Sol String Quartet, Florida State University New Music Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion Ensemble, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra, Wayne State University Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Redwood Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Lee’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Flushing Town Hall, World Financial Center, Korean Cultural Service of New York, the Korea Society in New York, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, Smithsonian National Museum, American Museum of Natural History, National Opera America Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, Temple Passy in Paris and numerous universities and conservatories.

As an arranger, Lee has collaborated with Pascal Roge and Ami Hakuno Roge on Francis Poulenc’s music L’histoire de Babar for piano solo and narrator. Lee has transcribed it for piano four hands and narrator, and the music score is published for sale by Chester Edition in London. Pascal and Ami Roge have premiered Lee's transcription in London, England in 1997 and they continued to perform in Italy, France, Japan, United States, Australia, and other countries. They plan to record it in future. Lee has also assisted a jazz singer Lisa Kirchner on her album "Something To Sing About". Lee has transposed several songs including In Autumn by Charles Ives, Fort Tryon Park by John Corigliano, Suicide in C Minor by William Schimmel, Early in the Morning by Ned Rorem, Lelia's Song by John Adams, Acrostic Song by David Del Tredici, Strange by John Harbison, Night Make My Day by William Bolcom, Under the Willow Tree by Samuel Barber, The Little Horses and Long Time Ago by Aaron Copland.

A member of ASCAP, Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition to his principal teachers Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Pablo Furman and Allen Strange, Lee has participated in master classes with George Crumb, Andrew Imbrie, Mario Davidovsky and David Del Tredici. Lee is active as a music consultant for American Museum of Natural History and is currently an adjunct professor at SUNY Westchester Community College. His music is published by Theodore Presser Company, Edition Peters and Chester Music.

Park Myunghoon
Composer-in-Residence


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Composer Park Myunghoon received his B.M. in Composition from Hanyang University, and completed Diplom degree and received his M.M in Composition and Electrical Music Composition from Hochschule fur Musik Koln. He, then, graduated summa cum laude in Excellence Study Composition at Robert Schumann Musik Hochschule Dusseldorf, and studied under Johannes Schollhorn, Jose M. Sanchez-Verdu, Rebecca Saunders, Michael Beil, York Holler, and Zong-gu Yi.

Park received Top Award in Concours in Composition by Contemporary Music Society in Seoul, Grand Prize in ACL-Korea Newcomer Concours, and came in 1st place in Joongang Music Concours; he also won awards in various sections including lied, chamber music, and orchestra music from Seoul Composition Music Festival. While attending Hanyang University, Park, for the first time as a Korean, won awards in composition at Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. As one of ‘Proud Alumni’ in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of College of Music at Hanyang University, Park was selected as Scholarship Student for Abroad. In 2010, he received an award in composition at Gaudeamus in the Netherlands and subsequently performed in Amsterdam. He was appraised in the newspaper, de Volkskrant, as a ‘crazy korean’ what mesmerized the audience. Also, he was invited to perform in Berlin, Germany through Komponistenstudio sponsored by Ensemble Modern. He received awards in Composition Competition by WDR (West German Broadcasting Studio) and announced his works at the Wittener Tage fur neue Kammermusik, a modern music festival in Witten; his works were recorded on CD in 2012. Park received Grand Prize at the Isang Yun International Composition Prize 2013 and 2nd prize at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2016.

Some of his works were performed by Ensemble Modern, IEMA-Ensemble, nieuw ensemble, Ensemble Handwerk, MAM.manufaktur fur aktuelle Musik, PluralEnsemble, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ewha Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

He got many commissions by German Radio Station, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, City of Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and other professional performers, and his works are performed in Wittener Tage fur neue Kammermusik, New Talents Biennale Cologne, Gaudeamus Music Week and many other music festivals in Europe. Some his scores have been published by BabelScores, a modern music publisher for online in France.

He is a composer of Ensemble Eins and an art director, and gives lectures at Hanyang University.

Paul Yeon Lee
Composer-in-Residence


paulyeonlee.com
"… stormed the heavens with sweeping melodic gestures, romantic yearning"
- The Washington Post
"… put an emphasis on shimmering, shivering effects"
- The New York Times
"… deserves many more performances… It’s a perfect example of how lyrical and richly textured a modern work can be"
- Strings Magazine
"… mystical atmosphere"
- Fanfare Magazine
"… stunning coloristic effects"
- San Francisco Classical Voice
"… scintillating piece... deserves critical attention and establishes Lee as a composer to watch"
- Times Herald-Record
"… showstopper... A towering, often ferocious work… genuine… Lee is keeping an old flame very, very alive while fueling it with something that could only have been invented in this century."
- Lucid Culture

Lee has participated numerous festivals at American Museum of Natural History in New York since 2013: Festival Luna in 2013, Experience Korea in 2014 (Lee was the host, curator, artistic collaborator and composer) and Spotlight Asia: Big Cats in 2015. Lee's other honors and awards include two prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Walter Hinrichsen Award and Charles Ives Scholarship), Composer-in-Residence at Flushing Town Hall, New York City Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program, two grants from Korean Cultural Service NY, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Composer Workshop, ACO Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition and annual ASCAP Plus Awards. Lee has been a fellow at the Composers Now Festival at Symphony Space, SONiC FESTiVAL inNew York, Maitrise de Radio France in Paris, Trail Mix Chamber Concerts World Music Festival Millennium Park in Chicago, Taranaki International Festival of the Arts in New Zealand, 10th Adam Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, Cutting Edge Concerts Festival, American Composers Alliance’s Festival of American Music, MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, SCI National Annual Conference in New York as well as many conferences and festivals in universities and conservatories.

A recipient of the 2001 Helen F. Whitaker Commission from the American Composers Orchestra, Lee has also received many commissions including from Redwood Symphony, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Anthony J. Cirone (former San Francisco Symphony Percussionist and Chair of the Percussion Department at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music), cellist Ian Maksin, Joshua Friedlander (former violinist of the Florida State University New Music Ensemble), Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet and Pascal Roge (Gramophone Award recipient and Decca recording French pianist). In April 2014, Lee's Lost in the Echo for violoncello solo has been premiered in Chicago by an ardent cellist Ian Maksin. Furthermore, Maksin has recorded Lee’s music on his new CD, which has been released in August 2014. In January 2015, Lost in the Echo has been chosen to be on the Chicago's radio WFMT's Relevant Tones "Going Solo" program, which featured several performers including the world famous violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Currently, Maksin performs Lee’s music on his US tour and subsequently on Europe tour. The music score of Lost in the Echo is now published for sale by Edition Peters. Lee’s Echo of a Dream for full orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at SONiC FESTiVAL in October 2011 at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, NY. After the concert, Echo of a Dream was voted as the audience’s favorite orchestral music among others and it was subsequently broadcasted on the WQXR radio station. In 2015, Echo of a Dream will be included in the SONIC: Sounds of a New Century Double Live Recording Album by American Composers Orchestra. In 2015, Lee will be composing a main theme song for the upcoming Korean American Drama Series "The Romance Artist", starring the top model Dae Na and NY theatre actress Esther Nam. Lee's future projects are new commissions for Gamin at the Korea Society NY, American Museum of Natural History's Spotlight Asia, and Duo Sutre-Kim (Guillaume Sutre, first violinist of Ysaye Quartet and his wife harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre) on the 130th Anniversary of Korean-French Bastille Day Concert on June 23, 2016 in Saint Emilion, France.

Lee's music has received many performances by soloists and ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including the world renowned pianist Pascal Roge and his wife pianist Ami Hakuno Roge, Ian Maksin, Kate Bowling, Speculum Musicae, SongFusion, Contemporary Music Ensemble at Mannes College of Music, Del Sol String Quartet, Florida State University New Music Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion Ensemble, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra, Wayne State University Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Redwood Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Lee’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Flushing Town Hall, World Financial Center, Korean Cultural Service of New York, the Korea Society in New York, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, Smithsonian National Museum, American Museum of Natural History, National Opera America Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, Temple Passy in Paris and numerous universities and conservatories.

As an arranger, Lee has collaborated with Pascal Roge and Ami Hakuno Roge on Francis Poulenc’s music L’histoire de Babar for piano solo and narrator. Lee has transcribed it for piano four hands and narrator, and the music score is published for sale by Chester Edition in London. Pascal and Ami Roge have premiered Lee's transcription in London, England in 1997 and they continued to perform in Italy, France, Japan, United States, Australia, and other countries. They plan to record it in future. Lee has also assisted a jazz singer Lisa Kirchner on her album "Something To Sing About". Lee has transposed several songs including In Autumn by Charles Ives, Fort Tryon Park by John Corigliano, Suicide in C Minor by William Schimmel, Early in the Morning by Ned Rorem, Lelia's Song by John Adams, Acrostic Song by David Del Tredici, Strange by John Harbison, Night Make My Day by William Bolcom, Under the Willow Tree by Samuel Barber, The Little Horses and Long Time Ago by Aaron Copland.

A member of ASCAP, Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition to his principal teachers Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Pablo Furman and Allen Strange, Lee has participated in master classes with George Crumb, Andrew Imbrie, Mario Davidovsky and David Del Tredici. Lee is active as a music consultant for American Museum of Natural History and is currently an adjunct professor at SUNY Westchester Community College. His music is published by Theodore Presser Company, Edition Peters and Chester Music.