Jin Hi Kim is known for introducing komungo to American contemporary music scene and for extensive solo performances on the world’s only electric komungo with live interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces.
Kim’s compositions have been commissioned by Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Tan Dun's New Generation of East program for Chamber Music Society for the Lincoln Center, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Meet The Composer US Commission, National Endowment for the Arts Commission, The Kitchen, The Japan Society (New York) and many others.
Kim won the Wolff Ebermann Prize at the International Theater Institute (Germany), and received Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. She was awarded Fulbright Specialist Program 2017 to Vietnam, 2015 Composers Now Creative Residencies at the Pocantico Center of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 2014 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Indonesia, 2013 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum, and Music Alive Composer in Residency with New Haven Symphony.
Kim was featured on PRI's The World and Voice of America in recognition of her works that lead to a new direction incorporating a profound Korean cultural heritage with a balance of Eastern and Western aesthetics. In 2005 Kim was featured on BBC The World/Global Hit radio program for her One Sky for String Chamber Orchestra and Electric Komungo, which was commissioned by the Great Mountain Music Festival for the 50th anniversary of Korean War memorial event at DMZ between North and South Korea and was broadcast on KBS-TV. Recent years Jin Hi Kim premiered new works, which are responses to two wars involving the American military in Asia: One Sky II (2018) for Orchestra dedicated to the reunification of Korea, performed by Weselyan University Orchestra: and a choral piece, Child of War (2014), dedicated to Kim Phuc who is renown for "the girl in the picture" during the Vietnam War, performed by The Mendelssohn Chorus of Connecticut.
Kim’s autobiography Komungo Tango, a 25 years journey of creative collaborations with master musicians in the USA and around the world, was published in Seoul, Korea. A retrospective interview about Kim's major works was recorded and archived in Oral History of American Music at Yale University Library. Interview about her electric komungo was featured on MBC-TV in conjunction with Korean Traditional Craft Exhibition 2007 at United Nation. In 2001 Korean National Broadcasting System (KBS-TV) produced an hour documentary film on Kim's musical contribution.