Yoomee Baek (b.1987) is an emerging composer from Seoul, Korea. Her music draws inspiration from her life experiences, culture, and nature. An eclectic composer, Baek’s current interests are with intercultural composition. Fascinated by the traditional instruments and music of East Asian countries including Japan, China, and Korea, she actively composes works for the traditional instruments of these countries, and focuses especially on Korean traditional instruments. Baek also continuously researches compositional approaches that merge East Asia and the West. Her works have been premiered by the JACK quartet, the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, and gayageum soloist Ji-young Yi.
She received a Master’s degree in music composition at the Steinhardt School at New York University and earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Baek is currently pursuing a Ph.D in music composition at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she serves as a graduate teaching assistant in the music department. She has studied composition with Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, Youngmi Ha, Julia Wolfe, Thomas Osborne, and Donald Reid Womack.