Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

          

Seoul National University

D.M.A. in Korean Musicology, August 2013

M.A. in Korean Traditional Music, Haegeum Performance, August 2005

B.A. in Korean Traditional Music, Haegeum Performance, February 2002

 

COMMISSIONS

 

HUB New Music (forthcoming, November 2020)

Title TBA, Haegeum, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet

 

Pacific Boychoir Academy (December 2019)

Sagye (Four Seasons), SATB boys choir piece in 4 movements

       

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (2019)

Dudurim, Chamber Orchestra piece commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting

 

Kronos Quartet 50 for the Future (2017)

Yessori, String Quartet and Haegeum piece in 5 movements

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, 2017

         Support my work in cross-cultural composition and improvisation in the Bay Area

Arts Council Korea(한국문화예술위원회)

         Grants from the Korean government to support:

         Mills College Resident Artist, 2017

         UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Spain Tour, 2017

        “Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival,” 2016

        “Beyond the World,” 2012

 

Sejong Cultural Foundation Grant

        Support for Pungnyu Performance at Namsan Gugak Concert Hall, 2012

SELECTED CURATED CONCERTS

 

Ashley Bathgate and Soo Yeon Lyuh Duo Concert, Oct 11, 2019

         Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Gallery, Washington DC

         Commissioned five new pieces for haegeum/cello duo

 

Demilitarized Zone Telematics Concert, Oct 27, 2018

         Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Stanford, CA, and Berlin, Germany

         Organized multi-sited improvisatory contemporaneous concert for the two Koreas

 

Pacific Exchange, August 17, 2016 and April 15, 2018

        NOHspace, San Francisco, CA

        Concert series featuring diverse Pacific Rim musicians to facilitate exchange of ideas

VISITING SCHOLAR/ARTIST POSITIONS

Performer Fellow, SO Percussion Summer Institute (2020)

Resident Artist, Thingamajigs (2016-present) “Pacific Exchange” concert curator

 

Scholar in Residence, Mills College (2017-2018) Center for Contemporary Music

 

Performer/Composer Fellow, Bang on a Can Summer Festival (2016/19) MASS MoCA

 

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley (2015-2016) Center for Korean Studies

 

Visiting Scholar, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (2011-2012) Ethnomusicology

PROFESSIONAL/TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Instructor, International Gugak Workshop (2012, 2019)

Taught haegeum to foreign scholars, musicians and composers

 

Instructor of Music Improvisation Ensemble 1 (MIE 1), Mills College, Spring 2019

Taught improvisation techniques to undergraduate musicians

 

Performer, National Gugak Orchestra  (2005-2016)

Contemporary Music Troupe, National Gugak Center 

 

Lecturer, Seoul National University (2010-2015 )

Department of Korean Music. Private haegeum lessons (major/non-major)

 

Instructor, National Gugak Middle School (2005-2006)

Haegeum instructor for students who were training to be traditional music performers

GUEST LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

Conference Presentations

Nief-Norf Research Summit: New Asia

        (2018) “A New Experiment in Progress: Multiple Perspectives on Creating New Music with the Korean       Haegeum.” Research Presentation

 

Workshops for Composers

         Taipei University

                (2020) Graduate composition seminar, Dr. Lily Chen

         Stanford

                (2020) Composition seminar, CCRMA

         UC San Diego

                (2019) Graduate composition seminar, Dr. Lei Liang

         Mills College

                (2016) Graduate composition seminar, Dr. Chris Brown

         Bang on a Can

                (2016) with Composition Fellows at summer festival

         UC Berkeley

                (2016-19) Composition and analysis seminars, Dr. Ken Ueno

                (2016) Undergraduate composition course, Dr. Franck Bedrossian

                (2015) Undergraduate musicianship class, Dr. Jean Ahn

         UC Santa Cruz

                (2015/2016) Graduate composition workshop, Dr. Hikyung Kim

         University of Hawai’i at Manoa

                (2011/2016) Graduate composition seminar, invited by Dr. Donald Womack

Korean Traditional Music Lecture/Demonstrations

         UCLA

                (2019) Undergraduate Korean music seminar, Dr. Katherine Lee

         Mills College

                (2017, 2019) Women, Gender and Music course, Dr. Nalini Ghuman

                (2017) Undergraduate Asian music seminar, Dr. Chris Brown

                (2016) Presentation and workshop on haegeum for SONGLINE series

         Mills College Children’s School

                (2017) Taught Korean percussion and demonstrated haegeum

         UC Davis

                (2015/2016) Undergraduate Asian music seminar, Dr. Katherine Lee

         UC Santa Cruz

                (2016) Graduate world music seminar, Dr. Karlton Hester

         University of Hawai’i at Manoa

                (2011) Undergraduate Asian music seminar, Dr. Byong Won Lee

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATION

“Transition in Performance : The Role of Bongjangchwi in Contemporary Sanjo” Perspectives on Korean Music, Vol.2 Seoul: The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 2011

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

 

Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra, 2019

         With Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, William Winant, James Fei, and others

        

Mudang Rock, 2018

         With Henry Kaiser, Simon Barker, Bill Laswell and Rudresh Mahanthappa

 

Megasonic Chapel, 2015

         With Tania Chen, Danielle DeGruttola, Henry Kaiser and William Winant

 

Sooyeon Lyuh's Esperanza. 2015

         With Yoon Seung Cho

 

Soo Yeon Lyuh’s Haegeum Jeongak Vol.1, 2014

         Traditional Court Music; Solo album

 

SELECTED PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

         For full listing visit https://www.sooyeonlyuh.com/events

 

Performances of “Yessori” with Kronos Quartet

        Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, January 25, 2019

        92Y New York City, June 28, 2018

        Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 8, 2017

        Ecstatic Music Festival, March 7, 2017

        Kronos Music Festival, February 3, 2017 

Oakland Symphony, November 15, 2019

         Jean Ahn’s Haegeum Concerto “Woven Silk”

Concert Supporting Bay Area Refugee Women, May 3, 2019 With Ensemble Ari

Wadada Leo Smith: Create Festival, December 16 2017

         Improvisatory concert with Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant, and Motoko Honda

 

Pacific Rim Festival, October 26-28, 2017

         Premiered five new pieces from local and international composers

 

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Spain Tour, May 28&30, 2017

         Performed “Woven Silk” for Haegeum and Orchestra

         Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Granada, Spain, Palau de la Musica, Valencia

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