Short biography

Kunsu Shim is a composer and performance artist. His sound world is a melting pot of ideas from opposing forces such as chaos and order, chance and causality, striding forth and dwelling, sequence and interruption, smooth and rough, I and you (we). Shim understands his works to be a contemplation of form, and so without mysticism. His performances in the tradition of Fluxus seek to destroy the visible reality of things, and thus render them intangible.

Deeply influenced by his cooperation with German composer Gerhard Stäbler since the 1990s, their original concept of “PerformanceMusik” has led to many collaborative works. Shim and Stäbler directed EarPort, the centre for contemporary music in Duisburg, from 2000 to 2010. In October 2015, EarPort was relaunched as a centre for experimental synergies between art forms.

The most significant commissions from Kunsu Shim have included ATEMWENDE - Stille for orchestra (2007), STEINSCHLAG·ZEIT (2008), numerous chamber and ensemble works, and the major a capella choral works, HIER·SEIN and HERE TO ME, both from 2012. In 2011, the Essen Philharmoniker commissioned AFTER A HUNDRED YEARS for soprano and orchestra. In Autumn of 2014, the Würzburg Philharmoniker successfully premiered AND HERE AGAIN - eine Perlenlandschaft supported by the Kunststiftung NRW. In June 2016, his WOLKEN.BLINDENSCHRIFT for soprano, vocal ensemble and orchestra received its premiere in Würzburg’s Kiliansdom.

Shim has given numerous portrait concerts, readings and workshops throughout Europe, Australia, North and South America, the Middle and Far East. Recently he has been invited to premieres and performances of his work in Iceland, Norway, Korea, Japan, Portugal, the USA and South America.

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