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Kyung – Jun Kim – Violiniist
Born in 1987, Kyung-Jun started playing the piano and the violin at age six. In 1994, at age 8, he was the finalist of the Kids’ Korea Times Competition. Ever since, he marked top at South Korean nationals, winning grand-prize at the Competition of Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, first-prizes at the Journal of Music Competition, the Music Spring Autumn Competition, the Music Education News Concours, the Inje Music Concours, the Korea Central Daily “Dreamtree Award” contest, and the Korea Herald Music Competition, second-prizes at the Ehwa and Kyunghyang Concour, the Strad Competition of Korea, and the Buam Concours, and third-prize at the Faith Hope Love Music Competition. Moreover, he was the winner of the Great Mountains Music Festival and School Concerto Competition in 2004.
Mr. Kim holds distinctions at the international scopes. The semi-finalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2002, Mr. Kim won the second-prize at the Malta International Music Competition with the semi-final round performance of “John M. Kennedy Opaque Silence: Flash (Symbia III)” commissioned solo violin work, the semi-finalist at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the winner of the Salon de Virtuosi Award followed by WQXR’s ”Young Artists Showcase” radio performance of “Eugene Ysaye Sonata No.5 for violin solo”, the winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award followed by NPR’s ”From the Top” radio performance of “John Corigliano Sonata for violin and piano”, later performed “Schintkke Sonata No.1 for violin and piano” at Yonsei University where he holds Bachelor of Arts in instrumental music and politics international relations, and recorded concertmaster solos of “Richard Strauss Ein Hedenleben”, “Don Quixote”, and “Igor Stravinsky Firebird” at Mannes School of Music where he holds Master of Music in violin performance.
Furthermore, Kyung-Jun won the participation diploma at the Premio Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition when first-prize winner not awarded in 2010, the third-prize at the Yokohama International Music Competition in 2011, the first-prize at the Korea International Music Competition with performances of “Mozart Concerto No.5 for violin and orchestra”, “Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo” and “Isang Yun Li-Na Im Garten No.1 Die Hungrige Katze” later on, the finalist at the Mastering the Concerto International Institute for Conductors, where played “Ludwig Van Beethoven Concerto for violin and orchestra Op.61” and “Sergei Prokofieff Concerto No.1 for violin and orchestra Op.19” with the Vidin Sinfonietta in Bulgaria, the semi-finalist at the Unsigned Only Music Competition (a genre-less talent showcase competition), with video showcase performance of “Henryk Wieniawski Variations on an Original Theme Op.15”, the sixth-prize juried-prize at the Nishinihon International Music Competition with final round performances of “Felix Mendelssohn Concerto for violin and orchestra Op.64” and “Igor Stravinsky Concerto for violin and orchestra in D”, and the fifth-prize honorable mention with good results at the Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition Berlin in 2018.
As performer, Kyung-Jun performs in three continents of Asia, Europe, and the United States.