Joogwang Lim (b.1992), is a South Korean composer. His main musical features can be summarized as a fusion between music and other ideas, such as myths, stories, plays, religious texts, ideologies, and even scientific theories. Especially, plots extracted from these ideas play an important role in his music. Along with his tendency of composing firm and complex structures from those plots, his music contains full of expressive components, such as texts, symbols, leitmotifs, and even theatrical and aleatory motions. In addition to that, he continues to reach a wide variety of genres, i.e. choral music to traditional Korean music, to express his diverse cultural, material and spiritual experiences.
His compositions (individual works and collaborative works) has been featured at many festivals and concerts worldwide, such as Contemporary Gayageum Concert with Seoul Gayageum Ensemble, SNU ZEBRA Crossing PROJECT, ASEAN Youth Ensemble Workshop & PGVIM International Symposium, The 1st SNU International Music Camp, 2018 Korea Chamber Music Composition Festival II, The 2nd Agape International Church Music Composition Competition & Festival, 2018 Audio Trading Market and Electroacoustic Composers’ Point of View. His music has been performed by Seoul Gayageum Ensemble, ASEAN Youth Ensemble, Korean Army Training Center Band, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Agape Festival Choir, Ensemble mise-en, Splinter Reeds, Sound Icon and MIVOS Quartet. Masterclasses with David Ludwig, Joyce Koh, Dieter Mack, Johannes Kretz, Peter Eötvös, Younghi Pagh-Paan and Jennifer Walshe also contributed to his musical development.
He is also a prolific choral music composer, especially in the style of contemporary Korean church music. his works have been often performed in many churches for non-professional choirs. Regarding his religious backgrounds, he also composes non-choral music in the base of Protestant Christian belief and the Bible.
Joogwang started composing in 2011 when he entered Seoul National University. In 2012 he began his studies at the same university with Shinuh Lee. He finished his bachelor studies in composition in 2018 as well as his International Relations studies. is living in Boston, the United States, where he pursues his master’s degree in composition at Boston University under the tutelage of Richard Cornell.