Born in Seoul, Korea, Gideon Gee-Bum Kim received his B.A. in music composition from Seoul National University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania. His mentors included George Crumb, Mark Kopytman and Young-ja Lee. Crumb described him as a composer who shows great originality in use of rhythm and harmony, and possesses a fine melodic gift. As a numerous awards and honors winning composer, Kim’s works have been performed regularly in concert halls, festivals and music worships in Europe, North America and Asia by many leading soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Kim is a former associate professor in music composition at Kyungwon University and currently is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre which has highlighted his music since he moved to Canada in 2004. In 2000, Kim was a Distinguished Composer-In-Residence at the Colorado College that honored him with all- Kim concert of performances of various chambers and solo. In 2011, Kim founded the Toronto Messiaen Ensemble, a Canadian chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of classical and contemporary music and currently is serving as artistic director of the ensemble. As a long standing partner of Jerusalem Kaprizma Ensemble, Kim’s works have performed and recorded by the ensemble and are available for listening and downloading at the ensemble’s website. His music has published by Ye-Dang Press and can be heard on Sony Classical, Synnara Music and Sung Eum Limited labels.

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