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Chris Younghoon Kim

Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras

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Chris Younghoon Kim has been at Cornell University as the director of orchestras and associate professor of music, since 2004. The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP have awarded the first place award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music to the Cornell Orchestras among all collegiate orchestras in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He has premiered over 200 works by contemporary composers worldwide. Cornell Symphony Orchestra has hosted two Meet the Composer New Partnership residencies. The American Prize recognized his work in 2014 in three different categories; Winner of the the American Prize in Orchestral Programming, 2014—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, Winner of the American Prize in Conducting, 2014—College/University Orchestra Division and finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university orchestra. At Cornell University he directs the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting and works closely with the DMA composers in presenting their work in concert. With the Cornell Orchestras he has led international tours and joint collaborations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. In 2017 he took the orchestra to Argentina to continue the multi year collaboration with Sinfónica del Neuquén and the conservatory in the city of Neuquén. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Delta Festival Ballet, Symphoria based in Syracuse, NY, Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Italy. He has also appeared in music festivals such as, Kinhaven Music Center, Skaneateles Music Festival, and International Bartók Festival in Szombathely, Hungary among others. Recently he has been active in Asia guest conducting at Ewha Womans University, Shieh Chien University in Taiwan and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. In the summers he teaches at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.

Departments/Programs

  • Music

Research

  • Performance: orchestras
  • Performance: conducting
  • Leadership 
  • Group dynamic

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