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Min Kim

Min Kim, violinist and Music Director of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, is one of the leading concert violinists of South Korea and highly respected for his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and concert master.

He graduated the Seoul National University. Later, in 1969, he went to Germany as a student on a DAAD scholarship at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, where he studied with Wilfried Hanke and Thomas Brandis.

He received prizes in many national violin competitions and has performed with orchestras such as: NDR Orchestra in Hamburg, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Köln Chamber Orchestra and many others.

In 1979, he returned to Korea and was a concert master of the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Also, he took over the leadership of the Korean Chamber Orchestra and was appointed violin professor at the Seoul National University. Min Kim lead the KCO on many, highly successful international tours. In his capacity as the music director and concertmaster, has built the Korean Chamber Orchestra into one of the most successful musical groups in South Korea.

Among his career highlights are the 1995 U.S.-Canada tour; in 1999 the European tours and debut concert in Salzburg, the UNESCO Peace Concert in Paris. During 2000-2009, he participated on a premiere concert with a Korean music group in the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall, Naantali Festival (Finland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Beethoven Festival (Poland), Mozart Festival (Estonia), Speyer Festival (Germany), etc. Over the years, KCO was engaged in several famous festivals in Europe.

He was a guest-professor at the Hong Kong Academy and has been a jury member in such internationally famous competitions as Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Sendai Competition in Japan, Leopold Mozart Competition in Germany, Markneukirchen Competition in Germany, China International Competition in Qingdao, etc. In 2009, he was invited to Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, Wieniawski Competition for Young Violinists. Also, his students have won prizes in numerous major international competitions over the world.

He served as a dean of faculty for 6 years (2000-2006) in the College of Music at the Seoul National University. Currently, he is a professor emeritus of the Seoul National University and director of the Korean Chamber Orchestra and Seoul Isang Yun ensemble.