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Texu Kim

Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory

Texu Kim

Office: M236
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Dr. Texu Kim ( is an assistant professor of music composition and theory at San Diego State University.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kim taught at Syracuse University, Portland State University, and Lewis & Clark College, and served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-16.

Kim writes music inspired by everyday experiences; music about modern (South) Korea, reflecting its multicultural nature; and music that is humorous yet sophisticated.  His works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Oregon Symphony, San Diego Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS, Cardinal Singers, Verona Quartet, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, among others.  His arrangements have featured on numerous albums, with labels including DECCA and DG.

Kim earned B.S., B.M., and M.M. at Seoul National University, followed by D.M. at Indiana University.  Fun fact: in 1998, he won silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.