Misook Kim, received her B.M. with the honor of Cum Laude from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. After finishing her “New Star Concert” sponsored by the Cho-Sun Newspaper, she entered the graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition and the certificate of piano performance. Reviewer Mike Greenberg, writing in the San Antonio Express-News, called the composer ‘a bold and unrepentant modernist.’ He also has mentioned in San Antonio Current, ‘her music was fearlessly Modern – spiky, protean, often highly compressed, proudly declining to participate in the fashion for “accessibility” – but she was so sure-footed in her instincts and her craft that she earned her listeners’ trust to lead them safely and enjoyably through the strange realms she conjured.’
Kim has performed as a composer as well as a pianist in various concerts of her own works and other composers’ from solo to larger ensemble compositions throughout the States and Korea. Including commissions for the MUSICOPIA, Hudson Duo, Olmos Ensemble, she has won International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Judith Zaimont Award and the Long Island Arts Council International Composition Competition in 2007. She has also won 2008 International Sejong Music Composition Competition. Her music was broadcasted on Classical Spotlight of KPAC (Texas Public Radio). Founding member of the Chicago New Arts Trio and CASA (Composers Alliance of San Antonio), Kim has served as a board member of SAIPC (San Antonio International Piano Competition). She was a former faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She had also served as a music director at KUMC (Korean United Methodist Church). In the fall of 2006, Kim joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, IL.