Described as a composer in whose music “vehemence and reticence, intimacy andplainness co-exist” (American Academy of Arts and Letter, 2008), Kay Rhie is findingincreasing audience as performers are programming her compositions across thecountry and abroad. A recent graduate of Cornell University’s D.M.A program incomposition (2009), Rhie has been working on commissions for such diverse groupsas the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Andrew/Gail Jennings Duo (Ann Arbor),Winsor Music (Boston), the New Spectrum Ensemble (San Francisco), In Mulieribus(Portland), and the Denison University Orchestra (Granville), among others.
A recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts andLetters, Rhie was the Rieman and Baketel Music Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute ofAdvanced Study at Harvard University (2008-09). She has been featured at the SecondFestival of American Music in London when the BBC Singers performed her choralwork. Rhie was also a featured composer at the Seal Bay Festival of American ChamberMusic. She has enjoyed residency fellowships and honors from the Ojai Music Festival(Grand Prize in Student Composition Competition, 2001), the Tanglewood MusicCenter (Otto Eckstein Composition Fellow, 2007), the Aspen Music Festival and School(2003), the Banff Centre for the Arts (2005), and the Chamber Music Conferenceand Composers’ Forum of the East (2004). Originally from Seoul and Los Angeles,she completed her undergraduate work in piano performance and composition at theUniversity of California at Los Angeles after which she moved to the East Coast tofurther study composition at Cornell University.