Photography by Sohhee Park
SEAN KIM is multiple awarded
Music Director / Composer / Conductor / Keyboardist / High-Technician for Multimedia
Recently he awarded as best score for Shu-Dan feature documentary film with Chinese director Xiao Yang aka Yoyo Yang.
He has such honorable moments.
Won the Ocean Song, He scored, at Fusion Film Festival (2017)
Selected one of participants of NYU/ASCAP Buddy Baker’s workshop (2015)
Won of New York University Film Scoring Competition (2015)
Selected one of participants of prestigious SCL Mentorship Program (2015)
Won of Scoring Competition of CAIFF (2014)
Nominated best composer for Korean Traditional Music award by KBS (2013)
Selected his piece at Asian Composer League Festival in TOKYO, JAPAN (2010)
Ranked 1st chart of His Band “MONO TO STEREO” in K-pop Jazz (2009-2010)
Won of Korea PR Association (2007)
Sean Kim is an internationally recognized composer, producer, and performer from Seoul, South Korea currently living in New York City. He was the winner of The Scoring Competition of California’s Independent Film Festival in 2014 and The NYU Film Scoring Competition in 2015. Kim earned his film scoring master’s degree (M.M.) from New York University under the direction of Dr. Ronald Sadoff. In 2015, He was selected for the prestigious SCL mentorship program. Additionally, he participated in the ASCAP/NYU Buddy Baker’s workshop 2015 and has been honored with awards from around the globe.
Before moving to New York, Kim was passionate about blending Western classical practices with Korean traditional music. One of the best examples of this harmony is the song Morning. Released in 2002, Morning was a smash hit and widely used in commercial ads. His other pieces, Jingle Bells and Silver Bells, which he released with his band Mono To Stereo, were ranked #1 in the Jazz / Crossover chart for several weeks in South Korea from late 2009 till early 2010.
Kim has produced more than 100 major works and has had the honor of collaborating with numerous internationally recognized artists including – The Czech Prague Studio Symphony Orchestra, Mikihiko Matsumiya, Ulf Wakenius, Young Joo Song, Martin Taylor, KBS Gugak Orchestra, Noriter, Ccotbyel, Seul Ki Lee, and Choong Eun Han, and many more.
A nominee of prominent KBS (Korea Broadcasting System) Gugak Awards, Kim’s work has been commissioned and performed by KBS and Pony Canyon Korea of Fuji TV. His credits include working as a primary orchestrator for one of the biggest musicals Lee, Soon Shin (2008) and orchestrator for the feature film score of The Divine Weapon (2008).
In 2009-2010, Kim taught Musical Theory at Seoul Art College. From 2005-2008, he worked in the Republic of Korea Air Force in diverse departments such as a military band, T/F team under Chiefs of Staff, T/F Team of Commander and Educational Department. Under Chiefs of Staffs he earned 1st prize from The Korea PR Association in 2007. His piece The Dove was selected and performed as part of the ACL Festival in TOKYO.
Recently, Kim contributed to the UN 70th anniversary concert with KBS Korean Traditional Orchestra, Lang Lang and Harlem Gospel Choir, a Hanryu concert in Washington D.C as well as Fraternity of Paris in Carnegie Hall.
Currently, Kim is working on several films, concert performances, studio albums and is the radio DJ of a program titled ‘Lalala’ on FM 87.7 NY Radio Korea.