SiHyun Uhm

SiHyun Uhm is a composer, pianist and multimedia producer currently based in Rochester, N.Y. She is a composer fellow with Universal Artists Festival, Daegu MBC Orchestra, Intimacy of Creativity and Red Note Workshop, and she has received prizes from Pyeong Chang Olympic Celebration, the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, the Louis Lane Prize, Leopold Auer, Future Symphony, New York Composers’ Circle, Next Notes, National YoungArts, Golden Key Festival, Avalon, MTNA and CBS National Youth Competition.

SiHyun’s distinctive and interactive musical style is recognizable to audiences, and since the release of her first album in 2017, the listenership of her music has continued to grow. She always strives to write music that communicates and connects with her audiences. Notable performances and recitals have taken place in Graz Hall in Vienna, YEORO, Hong Kong City Hall, Walnut Hill School, the New England Conservatory, Houston Museum District, Hatch Hall, Perigee Hall, Seoul Art Center and more. She has attended Bowdoin, Brevard, Golden Key, Curtis and NEC Contemporary Festivals.

SiHyun is currently attending the Eastman School of Music, studying with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, David Liptak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Vincent Lenti. She graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, where she studied composition with Whitman Brown and piano with Mana Tokuno from New England Conservatory. She was born in Seoul, Korea, where she went to Yewon School.

Learn more at sihyunuhm.org.

Featured Work: Ladybug in the Room

The piece is based on my personal story when a ladybug got into my room in the early fall. It is a story that hasn’t ended, as the ladybug lives in my room for the winter. The piece captures the story as a snapshot like a storybook. Ladybug crazily flying around the room up and down, crawling on a floor, hiding in a place which personally frustrates me as a character in the story, trying to catch the ladybug and missing it — there are lots of things happening, and these are all portrayed in the piece. Along with the storyline, there are motivic elements used throughout the piece that portray dots on a ladybug. Sometimes the motif appears as staccatos like small dots, and sometimes as combined long altered lines. I wish the piece personally connects to you, letting you think back on memories of your childhood or special times as you had. (The ending depicts the ladybug getting captured in a bottle.)