After graduating from Cambridge University with a prize-winning double-starred first in music, Kim won a scholarship to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music.
However, after a residency conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Myanmar, composition took over and in 2014 he was awarded his PhD in composition at King’s College London (where he studied with Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin). He now teaches a range of subjects and lectures in composition and C20th analysis at Cambridge and at King’s College London.
His music has been performed at numerous festivals in Britain and Europe (Nyland (Sweden), ATHELAS (Denmark), ManiFeste (France), Soundwaves, Sampler, Spitalfields, Little Missenden, Cambridge) and is recorded on Lorelt and Nonclassical labels (the latter disc was voted ‘No.1 Best Classical Album 2010’ in Chicago TimeOut). A selection of his recent works is shortly to be published by Composer’s Edition as part of Sound and Music’s New Voices Scheme.
A member of the European Network of Opera Academies, Kim conducted his own The boy the forest and the desert at London’s 2012 Grimeborn Opera Festival, and is currently at work on his third ‘opera’, Tonseisha, which was performed in part at the 2014 Tete a Tete festival with Arts Council Funding. Other recent work includes pieces for Ensemble InterContemporain at IRCAM, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who performed a new piece in their groundbreaking NightShift pub tour, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the LSO (as part of the Panufnik Scheme).