Peter S. Shin is a composer whose music navigates issues of national belonging, the co-opting and intermingling of disparate musical vernaculars, and the liminality between the two halves of his second-generation Korean-American identity. Following Shin’s Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times described him as “a composer to watch” and his music “entirely fresh and personal.”
Current projects include a commission for Roomful of Teeth through the American Composers Forum, a film score for Alarm Will Sound’s 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival, and a chamber orchestra work for the Berkeley Symphony’s 2018/19 season.
In addition to being commissioned for this year’s Cabrillo Festival by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady through the generous support of the Pacific Harmony Foundation, Shin is the recent recipient of a 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, a 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a 2017 Fulbright Research Grant, a 2017 Aspen Music Festival Fellowship, the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the 2017/18 New York Youth Symphony “First Music” Commission, the 2018 Civic Orchestra of Chicago New Music Workshop, selection in the 2017 Los Angeles Philharmonic “Noon to Midnight” series, the 2017/18 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra International Call for Scores, and the 2017 SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition in the Graduate Division, among others.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri and a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.M.) and the University of Southern California (M.M.), Shin is currently a composer fellow of the Berkeley Symphony and will continue studies at the Yale School of Music (M.M.A.) starting this fall. For more information, please visit: peter-shin.com.
Shin’s Hypercolor will receive its world premiere performance on Saturday, August 11, during the Notes from a Journey performance. His is the seventh commission in a partnership between the Cabrillo Festival and the Pacific Harmony Foundation.
Photo by Brianna Park