Peter S. Shin

Composer & Visual Artist


photo by Brianna Park


Peter S. Shin (b. 1991) is a composer whose music navigates issues of national belonging, the co-opting and intermingling of disparate musical vernaculars, and the liminality between the two halves of his second-generation Korean-American identity.

Peter’s music has been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Chicago’s Symphony Center. In addition to being commissioned by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady for the 2018 Cabrillo Festival, Peter is the recent recipient of a 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, a 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a 2017 Fulbright Research Grant, a 2017 Aspen Music Festival Fellowship, the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the 2017/18 New York Youth Symphony “First Music” Commission, the 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival with Alarm Will Sound, the 2018 Civic Orchestra of Chicago New Music Workshop with coachings by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the 2017/18 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra International Call for Scores, and the 2017 SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition in the Graduate Division, among others.

A graduate of the University of Michigan (B.M.) and the University of Southern California (M.M.), Peter is currently a composer fellow of the Berkeley Symphony and will continue studies at the Yale School of Music (M.M.A.) starting this fall. For more information, please visit: