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Nicky Sohn

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Nicky Sohn


Nicky Sohn (b. 1992, Seoul, South Korea) is an American composer and student.

Ms. Sohn completed her middle school and high school studies at the age of fourteen. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in 2014 with David Tcimpidis. Her Master of Music degree is from The Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Robert Beaser and graduated in 2016. Sohn is currently a candidate for her Doctor of Philosophy degree in composition degree at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Sohn has had lessons with some of the most well-renowned composition teachers including John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, Lowell Lieberman, Derek Bermel, and Martin Bresnick.

She was a member of the New York Youth Symphony's composition program from 2012 to 2014, and has attended several festivals including Ars Nova with Unsuk Chin and Seoul Philharmonic, Atlantic Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, and the Summer Festival of the Moscow Conservatory of Music.

Sohn’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent commissions include compositions for Misato Hanawa, a renowned Japanese saxophonist, Reeds Quartet from Korea, and New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. She was recently appointed as the composer-in-residence of Avalon Music Consort in Sweden. The 2016-17 season highlights consist of the premiere of Miracle Mile, a work for soprano saxophone and piano in Tokyo City Opera Hall, performances of a new composition for dance through a collaboration with Fabio Adorisio, Italian choreographer at New York Choreographic Institute, and invitation to the first Asian Saxophone Congress in Taiwan.

Sohn is a recipient of many awards and honors including Peter Mennin and Vincent Persichetti Endowment Fund, G. Gershwin Memorial Scholarship, and Milton Babbitt Scholarship. She was recently named as the winner of the UCLA Wind Ensemble Thomas Lee Composition Competition.

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