Seong-Hyun Sean Kim (Ph.D. Candidate) was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He began his musical training with his mother at an early age. Together with his family, Sean immigrated to Toronto in 1991. Sean studied piano with Peter Longworth (founding member of the Duke Trio) at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto for three years during his high school years. Subsequently, Sean attended the University of Western Ontario to complete a Bachelors degree in theory and composition (2001) and a Masters degree in composition in 2003. Currently, he is working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in systematic musicology under the guidance of Dr. Paul Frehner at the UWO. While at Western as a masters and bachelor student, Sean studied piano with John-Paul Bracey and Gwen Beamish, harpsichord with Dr. Sandra Mangsen, composition with, among others, Dr. Omar Daniel and Dr. Peter Paul Koprowsky, and conducting with Jerome Summers.
As a composer, Sean has worked with the UWO Chamber Orchestra, the UWO Percussion Ensemble, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, the Blyth Festival Orchestra and the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, SoundStream, and the Transmission Ensemble from Montréal.
As a performer, Sean has worked with Timothy Vernon, Jaap Schroder of the Academy of Ancient Music, Howard Dyck of the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Lorraine Vaillancourt of Nouvel Ensemble Monderne and with Jeanne Lamon of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. As a keyboardist and pianist, Sean performs regularly with Orchestra London Canada. Such works performed include from J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti to Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1.
Other musical endeavours include the following: music director and organist for St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Arva; examiner for Conservatory Canada; adjudicator for Kiwanis Music Festivals; instructor of music theory and orchestration at the University of Western Ontario; conductor for the Blyth Festival Orchestra. He also works as a guest conductor for various large and small ensembles in Southwestern Ontario including the London Singers and the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra.