Dr. Texu Kim

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Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory



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Dr. Texu Kim is an associate professor of music composition and theory at San Diego State University. Before SDSU, he taught at Syracuse University, Portland State University, and Lewis & Clark College, and served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean National Symphony Orchestra.

Kim writes music inspired by everyday experiences, music about modern (South) Korea, and music that is humorous yet sophisticated. His works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Oregon Symphony, San Diego Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS, Cardinal Singers, Verona Quartet, among others. His arrangements have been featured on numerous albums with labels including DECCA and Deutsche Grammophon.

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 a silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.