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Kim, Dong-Myung

Korean composer Dong-Myung Kim (*1985) studied composition B.A. with Prof. Young-Min Jin at dep. of music at KNU (Kyungbook National University) in Daegu, in South Korea. He moved to Berlin and studied privately with Helmut Zapf and  M.A. with Marc Sabat and Prof. Daniel Ott at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin).  He won prizes at several composition competitions, which include Yeongnam competition in Korea, contemporary Music Society in Busan (Hyanhsinhui) competition, ACC-ión Sonora competition in Spain. His piece also has been selected in the Repertory of the Carl von Ossietzky composition competition in Germany.

His pieces have been also presented at festivals of new music including the Daegu international contemporary music festival, the Daejeon contemporary music festival, Randspiele contemporary music festival (Zepernick), Haus Quillo young musicians concert (Plenzlau), Zoomfocus (Berlin), Quiet cue collaboration (Berlin ), recital of Pianist Hyojun Kim (Mainz), Accordionist Nikola Tanaskovic (Cieza, Spian) and many other concerts.

He won currently the competition for young Korean composers 2016, organized by 2e2m with Universal Music Paris, the French Institute and Ensemble TIMF.

Winning piece Flower blossom with wavering has been performed by 2e2m Ensemble and Soprano Youmi Kim in CRR de Paris - Auditorium Marcel Landowski and will be performed also in Tongyeong international music festival.

He is based in Berlin since 2012.

Flower blossom with waving (2015)
for soprano and instrumental ensemble

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Flower blossom with waving (2016)

When I came across this poetry in a book, I had a sudden inspiration and thought about my own situation. I am composer, but I don't earn a living from doing my work yet. I don't know what will happen in the future. I wonder whether I will be able to support myself on my own fut to live. I failed to answer my question but this poetry reminded me that we must fall into each life a little rain. This idea was comfort to me. So I chose, that into each life a little rain must fall. This idea was conform to me. So I chose to compose music with this poetry compose with this poetry. Korean words, like any language, are formed from combinations of consonants and vowels. I associated the Korean consonants with similar German or English consonants, which I wrote down in my score. I combined elements from the Korean traditional vocal technique Pansori with some of the long vowels.

Such ways of working are important for a composer today, since we are aware of many different musical ideas coexisting. I want to make my musical language from such combinations.

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