Born in 1992 in Seoul, Korea, Nicky Sohn has recently been named as the winner of Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival. Sohn’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues such as the Tokyo City Opera (Japan), National Theater of Korea (Korea), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Germany), Chateau de Fontainebleau (France), and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center (USA). Some of her commissions include compositions for The Aspen Philharmonic, Stuttgart Ballet, National Orchestra of Korea, and New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. She has served as the composer-in-residence of the Avalon Music Consort in Sweden, Washington Square Winds and Project: Sound.
Sohn is a recipient of many awards and honors including Peter Mennin and Vincent Persichetti Endowment Fund, G. Gershwin Memorial Scholarship, and Milton Babbitt Scholarship. She was named as the winner of the UCLA Wind Ensemble Thomas Lee Composition Competition and received the Leslie Bassett Graduate Award as well as an invitation to the Alba Music Festival in Italy as a graduate fellow. She completed her middle school and high school studies at the age of fourteen. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in 2014 with David Tcimpidis. Her Master of Music degree is from The Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Robert Beaser and graduated in 2016.
She was a member of the New York Youth Symphony's composition program from 2012 to 2014 and has attended several festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, Ars Nova with Unsuk Chin and Seoul Philharmonic, Atlantic Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, and the Summer Festival of the Moscow Conservatory of Music.