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Mr Sunbin Kim

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Member of the Department of Music  


Sunbin Kim is a Doctoral Candidate in Musicology at Durham University, where his research project is funded by Durham Doctoral Studentship. Under the supervision of Professor Julian Horton, he is investigating Anton Bruckner’s symphonic sonata form in the light of the ongoing debates regarding the application of recent formal theories to nineteenth-century music, especially focusing on form-functional aspects.

He received both his BA and MM degrees from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He was awarded a ‘Best Paper Prize for Young Musicologists’ by the Musicological Society of Korea in 2011, for his paper on relationships between music and text in song analysis.

Research interests

  • Music theory and analysis
  • Nineteenth-century music
  • Musical form
  • Theory of formal functions
  • Anton Bruckner


Conference Paper

  • Sunbin Kim (2019), Brucknerian Sentences and Intrathematic Syntax: The Case of the First Themes in the Opening Movements of Bruckner’s Symphonies, Royal Musical Association 55th Annual Conference. Manchester, UK.
  • Sunbin Kim (2019), Towards Brucknerian Theory of Formal Functions: The Case of the Exposition in the First Movement of Bruckner's Symphony No. 6, Southampton Music Analysis Conference. Southampton, UK.

Journal Article

  • Sunbin Kim (2011). The Interaction of Music and Text in Liszt`s Lied O Lieb: An Analytical Study based on the Conceptual Blending Theory and Schenkerian Theory. Journal of the Musicological Society of Korea 14(3): 213-248.