Peter Shin

Composer and Visual Artist


PETER S. SHIN, 25 (b. 1991), from Kansas City, Missouri, is a composer, photographer, and graphic designer based in Los Angeles, California with an enthusiasm for cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work. His music attempts to bridge an eclectic range of styles with his training as a classical composer, and his passion resides in creating works that have visceral and honest reactions to contemporary issues of belonging from his perspective as a Korean-American artist.

He started composing in 2009 and won first place and “Outstanding Interpretation” out of 500,000 submissions at the 2010 National Reflections Contest for his first chamber piece, "Reverie", for flute and piano. Since then, he has had performances of his works with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard, TEDx, The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Peter was recently named Honorable Mention in the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his saxophone quartet, "MASS HYSTERIA," and was a finalist in 2014 for his saxophone quartet concerto, “Power & Light.”

As a photographer and graphic designer, he enjoys providing fellow artists with posters, headshots, and other materials to help actualize their artistic vision. He served as the Marketing and Graphic Design Intern for UMS (University Musical Society), having created over 100 ads promoting performing arts events in their 2013-2014 season, served as Assistant Graphic Designer for the USC Thornton School of Music in the 2015-16 season, and currently serves as photographer for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and intern for the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. He was a fellow in the 2016 League of American Orchestras Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar with 30 other young professionals in the orchestra field in an intensive workshop with guest faculty from the best orchestras across the country. Through this seminar, he was introduced to Youth Orchestra LA at Heart of Los Angeles (YOLA at HOLA), a music program dedicated to the musical training of underserved youth, where he helped establish the composition program and currently teaches every Saturday. Peter is also leading the development of the artists collective, Feral Bodies, (debuting in 2017) created in order to embody the interdisciplinary and service-oriented nature of music-making.

Peter holds a Bachelors in Composition from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and is currently pursuing his Masters in Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a James Newton Howard Music Scholar. He was also chosen to be paired with Ruth Eliel—former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Colburn Foundation—for the USC Thornton Board of Councilors Mentorship Program which consists of leading music industry professionals in the Los Angeles area. Peter's mentors include Frank Ticheli, Sean Friar, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Joyce Berg, Stephen Pelkey, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos.

Reparation (2016): for spoken word artists, rappers, soprano, high R&B vocalists, dance, and fixed media
Premiered at the poetry vigil Requiem for Sandra Bland: Transcendence; Art Share L.A. on July 13, 2016

With poet Dexter L. Booth and featured poets at the thematic poetry reading for Sandra Bland. July 13, 2016, Art Share L.A.