Heera Kim is a korean composer who has produced a range of orchestra, chamber ensemble and vocal music including electronic music. She studied composition and music theory in Kyung-Hee university in Seoul, afterwards with Prof. York Höller (composition), Prof. Hans Ulrich Humpert (electronic composition) at college of music Cologne and Prof. Wolfgang Rihm at college of music Karlsruhe.
She has participated workshops among others Young Composer Meeting 2006 in Apeldoorn, Holland, Acanthes Metz 2009 and Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2006, 2010 .
She was winner of Forum Ost&West Composition Prize (2001), Composition Competition of Ensemble for new music Zurich (2007), Walter Witte Prize (2007), BMW Composition Prize of Musica Viva (2007), Günter Bialas Composition Competition (2008) and Berliner Opernpreis (2010).
2008 she was recipient of "Stipendium des Freundeskreises Karlsruhe", 2009 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Artists and 2011/2012 Young Art Frontier Grant, Arts Council Korea.
2008-2010 Artist in Residence in Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska USA, Gedok-Atelierhaus Lübeck, Denkmalschmiede Höfgen in Grimma Germany, Visby Centre for Composer in Gotland Sweden, Villa Sträuli in Winterthur Switzerland, Atelier Rondo Graz Austria and Schreyahn Künstlerhaus Germany.
Her works have been performed by, among others ;
Ensemble for new music Zurich, Ensemble Eriprij Apeldoorn, Ensemble Oktopus Munich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lorraine.
May 2010 her first opera "Der Unfall" was premiered by Neuköllner Oper Berlin and October 2010 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra played new ensemble piece (conducted by Pascal Rophé).
Currently she is in residence at the Cité internationale des Arts Paris and is attending the Cursus 1 in composition and music technologies at IRCAM.
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