MS Sunny Kim

MS Sunny Kim


  • Jazz, Improvisation, Voice Performance (Multi-disciplinary collaboration, Cross-cultural collaboration)



  • Sunny (Yoon Sun) Kim is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music of the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her current position, Sunny was Assistant Professor in Applied Music Studies at the Dongah Institute of Media and Arts (South Korea). She also held academic positions at Hanyang University (Korea), Howon University (Korea), Seoul Institute of Arts (Korea), Danguk University (Korea), and Soongshil University (Korea). She completed a MM in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory (Boston, USA) and BM in Jazz Studies at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver (USA) under supervision and mentorship by Bob Moses, Dominique Made, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Lacy, Frank Carlberg, Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos and Marguerite Juenemann. Sunny has performed and recorded with many internationally renowned musicians such as Ben Monder, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas, Trevor Dunn and Pheeroan Aklaff. She has also collaborated with Korean contemporary traditional painter Sun Doo Kim, dancer and choreographer Sung Yong Kim and photographer Sung Hyun Sohn in multi-disciplinary works. As a leader she has released four records; Android Ascension (2008), Painter's Eye (2012), The Shining Sea (2014), and The Dream of the Earth (2016). She as also released a number of albums in collective projects such as After Dark (2004). Pranam (2006), Keep Your Heart Right (2008) and White With Foam (2009).   


Member of

  • Australian Art Orchestra. Member 2016 -


Additional Grant Information

  • Sunny has received a number of grants from the Korean Arts Council, LIG Arts Foundation, and Korea Foundation.   


Education and training

  • MM, New England Conservatory of Music 2005
  • BM, University of Denver 2002

Awards and honors

  • Korean Music Award 'Best Jazz Record' Nomination, 2016
  • 2013 Readers' Poll Best Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award, Jazz People Magazine Reader's Poll Vocalist of the Year, 2013
  • 2012 Readers' Poll Best Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award, Jazz People Magazine Reader's Poll Vocalist of the Year, 2012
  • The LIG Arts Foundation The Artist Award, 2011
  • New England Conservatory, 2003
  • Four Year Full Tuition Academic Scholarship, University of Denver 4 Year Full Scholarship, 1998