Gideon Gee-Bum Kim
Gideon Gee-Bum Kim is a composer.
Born in Seoul Korea, Mr. Kim received his B.A. in music composition from Seoul National his M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania. His mentors included George Crumb, Mark Kopytman and Young-Ja Lee. As a numerous awards and honours winning composer, Kim's works have been performed regularly in concert halls and festivals in Europe, North America and Asia by many leading soloists, ensembles and orchestras.
Currently Dr. Kim is a professor at the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary of the East in Toronto and an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre. In 2000, Kim was a Distinguished Composer-In-Residence at the Colorado College which honored him with all-Kim concert of performances of various chambers and solo.
In 2011, Kim founded the Toronto Messiaen Ensemble, a Canadian chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of classical and contemporary music. The goal of the ensemble is to express a positive and hopeful message through music and Kim is serving as artistic director of the ensemble.
Kim's music has published by Ye-Dang Publishing Co., and can be heard on Sony Classical, Synnara Music and Sung Eum Limited labels.
Described by George Crumb as a composer who shows great originality in use of rhythm and harmony, and possesses a fine melodic gift, Gideon Gee-Bum Kim's music shows a connection of the rich musical heritage of Korea and new compositional techniques, especially in the field of heterophonic texture and all of this with live and emotional imagination.