Her winning piece, Memoir of Dong-Hak, is a quintet for flute, clarinet, violin cello and piano, inspired by traditional Korean folksongs and Western avant-garde traditions.
It was selected from 117 compositions, five of which were performed by the ensemble Calliop_e, directed by Karine Lethiec, at the finals on April 14 in the Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxac in southern France.
Kim's quintet, which was inspired by a 19th-century uprising in Korea, will be performed this summer in the Festival Casals in Prades and in Paris in January of next year.
The four other finalists were Antti Auvinen (Finland), Karol Beffa (France), Silvia Colasanti (Italy), and David-Philip Hefti (Switzerland).
Memoir of Dong-Hakalso won second prize at the ninth Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition, hosted by JILA (Japan International League of Artists). Kim is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois School of Music.