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Deborah Kim is a Korean-Australian composer, performer and researcher whose works focus on the aesthetics of Korean traditional music and music communication through audiovisual scores. 

Kim graduated B/Mus Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she developed her work entitled "Cognitive Sound Image" for the Motion Graphics Score and Janggu (the traditional Korea drum). Vibrant activities on promoting Janggu were undertaken globally. These activities were broadcasted on the Korean News Channel YTN and were introduced globally through radio interviews, and numerous articles on newspapers and magazines including the cover story featured on the “TOP Woman Magazine” highlighting the representation of woman composer in Australia, Korea and abroad. Kim received the Grand prize from the Ministry of Unification Minister’s Award in South Korea in 2015.


Furthermore, compositions implementing the visual scores were performed live in various performance models at the International conferences including the “Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score” performed at the 43rd International Computer Music Conference in South Korea where she received the first prize at the inaugural Hack-N-Makerthon of ICMC in 2018. 

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Kim is a current PhD student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music researching Korean musical traditions and implementation of the contemporary music technologies with a combination of audiovisual scores. 

As a media director of a global project “Project UL-SSI-GU", Kim puts street performances of Korean drumming with Korean Pungmul musicians around the world on August 15 every year to celebrate the Liberation Day of Korea and hope for the world peace with the general public.


Bachelor of Music, Composition, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney 2014

​학사, 작곡, 시드니 대학 (시드니 음대), 2014

PhD, Composition and Music Technology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney - in progress 철학박사, 작곡과 음악 테크놀로지, 시드니 대학 (시드니 음대) - 진행중

Research supervisor:  Dr Ivan Zavada

[Research Student Profile 학생연구자 프로필]


Ministry of Unification Minister’s Award - Grand Prize / 통일부 장관상 종합대상 수상

(26th Dec 2015, Seoul City Hall)


1st Prize Winner at the ICMC 2018 &  Hack-N-Makerthon / 해커톤 1등 수상

(8th August 2018, Daegu)

2019 ICMA Asia/Oceania Regional Award Winner / 국제컴퓨터음악협회 '최고의 음악' 수상

(June 2019, New York, USA)

2018 International Computer Music Conference & Hack-N-Makerthon 1st Place Prize

2019 International Computer Music Association - Student travel grant

2019 International Computer Music Association - 2019 ICMA Asia/Oceania Regional Prize


Journal Publication    

Kim, D. (2014). Cognitive Sound Image: The creative compositional process involved in electroacoustic audiovisual music and motion graphics score designing. Emille, 12, 25-29.

School Song

Bandi Christian School (Busan, South Korea), “Bandi, School of Love” composed and written by Deborah Kim - 2017


Hanwoori College  한우리 칼리지 (2012-Present)

International Christian Arts School, ICA 문화예술학교 (2007 - Present)

Program Developer and Teacher 프로그램 개발자, 교사

- Developing self-directed learning skills and class materials & activities

- Teaching Mathematics

- Teaching piano and music composition

CultureArts Global Exchange Entertainment 컬처아츠 국제교류 엔터테인먼트

(2023~ Present)

Executive Director / 대표

- Enabling assistance and connections for cultural, artistic, and musical performers globally, allowing them to showcase the rich heritage and artistic expressions of their own nation.

- 전 세계의 문화 예술 음악가들이 자국 혹은 다른 국가에서 자유롭게 자문화 예술을 공연할 수 있도록 지원하고 연결

530English (2017 - Present)

CEO (South Korea) / 대표

- Developing language learning programs and courses

Seoul Theological University 서울신학대학 (2023 - Present)

Collaboration Professor, Applied Music Dept. /

실용음악과 특임교수

Open Cyber University of Korea 한국열린사이버대학교 (2023 - Present)

Professor for Special Affairs, Dept. of English /

실용영어학과 특임교수

Project UL-SSI-GU 프로젝트 얼씨구 (2014 - Present)

Media Director/미디어 디렉터

- 전세계에 풍물로 광복절 알리기 위한 영상 제작

- Creating a video to promote the significance of Liberation Day worldwide


21st Peaceful Unification Advisory Council 21기 민주평화통일자문회의 

Council Member, Youth Journalist 자문위원, 청년 기자단


20th Peaceful Unification Advisory Council  20기 민주평화통일자문회의 

Secretary (Australia Chapter) 간사 (호주협의회)


20th Peaceful Unification Advisory Council 민주평화통일자문회의

Australia Youth Committee Chair, Australia Chapter / 청년분과위원장, 호주협의회


International Computer Music Association 국제컴퓨터음악협회

2020/21 Music Award Committee Judge 뮤직 어워드 심사 위원


Selected Compositions (2008-2020):

Electroacoustics and Fixed media:

  • Chilchae (2020)

  • Rhythms of Rain for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score (2019)

  • Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score a multimedia performance (2018)

  • Cognitive Sound Image Motion Graphics score for Janggu (2013)

  • TANGENTS a live sound processing and motion graphics score for Janggu (2013)

  • Rhythm of the rain acousmatic piece for Janggu (2012)


Interactive Installations:

  • OneNori: Playing four instruments through Janggu - Installation I (2013)

  • TwoNori: The Motion Graphics Score manipulated by the audience - Installation II (2013)



  • Come to Father’s arms, Contemporary Christian Music, 1st album by Deborah Kim of GloryHouse Music (2015)

  • Summer Rain, Jazz Improvisation for Janggu and piano by Deborah Kim and Johnson Nguyen (2013)

  • Love To See You Smile (ENCORE 2009), for Jazz band (2008)  

Selected live Performances and Interactive Arts (2009-2022):

Kim,D. (2022). Rhythms of Rain. Platform-L, Seoul, Korea: Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2022 [More Information]

Kim,D. (2022/21). Chil-chae. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile: International Computer Music Conference.

Kim,D. (2019). Rhythms of Rain. The Sheen Centre, New York, USA: International Computer Music Conference & NYCEMF 2019. [More information]

Kim, D. (2018). Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score. Grand Hall, Daegu Concert House, Daegu, South Korea: International Computer Music Conference 2018. [More Information]


Kim, D. (2016). Cognitive Sound Image. Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia: NHIFF North Korean Human Rights Film Festival in Australia. [More Information]


Kim, D. (2016). Cognitive Sound Music. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Presence through sound: Place and Contemporary Music in and from East Asia (Symposium).


Kim, D. (2014). OneNori and Two Nori: Interactive Installations for Janggu. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Undergraduate Research Symposium and Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orientation Day. [More Information]


Kim, D., Nguyen, J. (2013). Summer Rain: Jazz for Janggu and Piano. East Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia. 


Zavada, I., Kim, D. (2013). Tangents. Musicacoustica World Contemporary Music. Central          Conservatorium of Music, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).


Zavada, I., Kim, D. (2013). Jasmine. Music Cafe, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: ISEA 2013.


Kim, D. (2009). Love To See You Smile. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: ENCORE HSC 2008. [More Information] 

December 4, 2016

March 29, 2016         

August 7, 2018

February 25, 2014

December 12, 2013

October 23, 2013

June 8, 2013

July 25-31, 2021

June 18, 2019

Oct 14-16, 2022

March 16, 2009


Kim. D. (2022). Liberation Festival 815 해방 축제 815.

2022 - Present        

Kim. D. (2017). [OFFICIAL] Project UL-SSI-GU 2017 Final full Video [Video file]. Retrieved  from

2014 - Present        

Selected Media interviews (2014~ present):

[News Broadcast]

March 1, 2015

Na, H. (Presenter). (2015). Seeing the sound of Janggu through the eyes [News  Broadcast]. Seoul, South Korea: Korea News Channel YTN. [More Information]

[Radio Interviews]

September 19, 2018

Na, H. (DJ). (2018). Project UL-SSI-GU in Sydney [Radio Broadcast]. Na, H. (Producer). SBS Korean. Sydney, NSW: SBS Radio. [More Information]

January 26, 2017

Cha, Y. (DJ). (2017). GloryHouse Music Special [Radio Broadcast]. Cha, Y. (Producer).  Special Morning. Busan, South Korea: Busan Far East Broadcasting Company.

December 19, 2014

Na, H. (DJ). (2018). Deborah Kim, a developer of the Motion Graphics Score for Janggu  [Radio Broadcast]. Na, H. (Producer). SBS Korean. Sydney, NSW: SBS Radio. [More Information]

October 28, 2014

Ahn, J. (DJ). (2014). Composer and traditional Korean percussionist, Deborah Kim [Radio Broadcast]. Ahn, J. (Producer). 1030 Main Street. Seoul, South Korea: Tbs eFM. 

[Articles and Magazines:]

Kim, S. (2023, Sep 26). Appointed as a special lecturer in the Department of Practical English at Open Cyber University of Korea, Full Gospel News. [More Information]

September 26, 2023

Kim, J. (2018, August 7). Future Computer Music ideas come to reality. Daegu Daily. [More Information]

August 7, 2018

July 6, 2018

Yang, D. (2018, July 6). 1.5 generation Korean-Australian Musician, Deborah Kim. Australia Top Media Group. [More Information]

October 27, 2015

Song, S. (2015, October 27). Deborah Kim and Lois Kim, 1st album release ‘GloryHouse Music’. Cross News. [More Information]

March 11, 2015

Kim, M. (2015, March 11). Deborah Kim, 1.5 generation Korean-Australian musician who combines traditional and contemporary Korean music. Korean Foundation For International Cultural Exchange

January 12, 2015

Yang, D. (2015, January). Cover story: Ulssigu Johta, Deborah Kim, a composer and performer. Top Woman Magazine, 107. [More Information]

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