"Inspiration is essential for any healthy faculty-student relationship. When students are inspired, they are willing to work from a motivated heart for the teacher and the subject being taught...whether it is on stage, in the office, in front of an orchestra, or in a private lesson."
Born in Seoul, Korea of a musical family, Kyunghun Kim travelled a great distance both personally and professionally to arrive at his New York conducting career. “My older sister and I were trained together...she enjoyed music and dreamt of becoming a pianist, and I thoroughly disliked music and only dreamt of ways of quitting altogether.” In high school, all that would change: “One day, however, I happened to hear a Bach piece that spoke volumes, brilliantly and charmingly capturing my heart and bestowing in me an adoration of classical music...and my dream of becoming a conductor.”
Attracted first to composing, and to the symphonies of Beethoven, Mr. Kim studied at the Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul, earned a BM in Viola Performance from Boston Conservatory, an Artist Diploma in Conducting (2007) from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting (2011) from the Juilliard School, where he studied with James DePriest and conducted the AXIOM contemporary music ensemble as well as the MAP (Music Advancement Program) orchestra.
Currently, Mr. Kim is Music Director of the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York, Principal Associate Conductor of Ensemble 212, and Music Director of Ensemble Con Cuore, a chamber orchestra based in South Korea, as well as holding positions as Orchestra Director and string faculty and appearing as guest conductor of several major South Korean Orchestras.
About his students, Mr. Kim says “I have found that inspiration is essential for any healthy faculty-student relationship. When students are inspired, they are willing to work from a motivated heart for the teacher and the subject being taught...whether it is on stage, in the office, in front of an orchestra, or in a private lesson”.
About his inspirations, he “admire[s] so many conductors. I particularly like [Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra conductor] Maestro Myung-whun Chung, whose deep and respectful attitude towards music, patience as a musician, and charisma are like none other.” Mr. Kim is Orchestra director and a member of the string faculty at Lehman College, CUNY.