Sehyung Kim

Sehyung Kim, Kazakhstan
Sehyung Kim, Kazakhstan

Composition Competition Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)

1st Prize for " Den gelben Astern ein Lied " (2017) by Sehyung (Sergej) Kim

Sehyung Kim, Kazhakstan

Sehyung (Sergej) Kim was born in 1987 in the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. He studied music composition at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In the period from 2011 to 2012, he also took private lessons in composition with Dmitri Kourliandski. Since 2013 he has been studying MA composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG).

Sehyung has won numerous prizes in international competitions, such as "DuoSolo" (USA, 2010), "Step Left" (Russia, 2012), "De la ville de Boulogne-Billancourt" (France, 2014), "Franz Schubert and Modern Music "(Austria, 2017), 7th Johann-Joseph-Fux Opera Composition Competition (Austria, 2018).

He participated in the 45th and 47th International Summer Course in Darmstadt (2010, 2014), at the 2nd, 4th and 5th International Academy of Young Composers in the city of Tchaikovsky (2012, 2014, 2015), at the 8th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music "Impuls" in Graz (2013), at the 2nd Ukrainian Biennial for New Music in Kiev (2013), part.

In 2013, he was selected as composer-in-residence at the GAM Ensemble in Moscow and invited as a guest teacher at the Kazakh National Conservatory in Kazakhstan, Almaty. In 2015 he received the Music Promotion Prize of the City of Graz.

Orders from festivals, such as "impuls" (2014), the international summer course in Darmstadt (2014), the "International Music Bridge and Cultural Association Austria" (2016), the ORF and Jeunesse Austria (2017). His music was i.a. played by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, dissonArt Ensemble, Klangforum Vienna, Schallfeld Ensemble, Ensemble Batida, Ensemble Geori. In addition, his works are published by the publisher "Re: Musik" (Russia).


Last updated: 2018

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„Den gelben Astern ein Lied“ (2017) by Sehyung (Sergej) Kim, winning work of the Song Composition Competition 2017, was performed as a compulsory piece at the FS & MM 2018 of a total of 54 participating song duos. Enjoy the musical collage of different interpretations! In this video participants and jurors (Joseph BREINL and Angelika KIRCHSCHLAGER) share their thoughts on this song. The song "The Yellow Asters a Song" is a setting of the eponymous poem of the poet Selma Merbaum (1924-1942). Merbaum was a German-speaking poetess from Chernivtsi, who was persecuted by the Nazis as a Jew and in 1942 at the age of eighteen died in the forced labor camp Mikhailovka. Despite her short life she left a treasure of more than 50 poems, which today is one of world literature.