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 the Walt Disney Concert Hall through the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Noon to Midnight” series and Carnegie Hall through the “First Music Commission.” In addition to being commissioned for the 2018 Cabrillo Festival by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady through the generous support of the Pacific Harmony Foundation, Peter is the recent recipient of a 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, 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 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival with Alarm Will Sound, 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: