MAESTRO JUN KIM
Artistic Director, Washington Chamber Orchestra
Commended as having snappy energy and a terrific ear for detail by Milwaukee Magazine, and as bestowing “stylish support” by the Baltimore Sun on Schumann Cello Concerto Recording, Korean-American Conductor, Jun Kim has extensively conducted orchestras in North America and Europe. A prizewinner of the 2013 Orquesta de Cordoba International Conducting Competition in Spain, the winner of the 2015 American Prize in Opera Conducting, and the 2012 International conducting competition in Romania, as well as being the recipient of the 2018 Beethoven Conducting Prize by the European Music Academy. Jun Kim's conducting was aptly described by the Duluth News Tribune as "... emotions spilled wondrously.” In 2017, Jun Kim received an invitation to guest conduct the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras in Europe, at Smetana Hall in the heart of the city in Prague, as a part of the Best conductor award at L’Academie Lyrique conducting masterclass in Vendome, France. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jun Kim founded the Washington Chamber Orchestra (WCO) - a chamber orchestra dedicated to its mission of making classical music easily accessible to everyone in the community - where his invaluable artistic evaluation of productions and projects are enjoyed in his role as Artistic Director. He conducts more than ten concerts in each subscription season, not only with world-renowned soloists but partnering with diverse communities, releasing a critically acclaimed debut CD. In 2019, Jun Kim conducted the Washington Chamber Orchestra during the final round of the 66th Washington International Competition at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. Jun Kim has worked under the Maestros such as Dumitru Goia, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar. Other notable artists he has collaborated with include pianist Seong-Jin Cho (Gold Medalist, Chopin Competition), Yeol-eum Son (Silver Medalist, Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky Competitions), Mikhail Petukhov (Winner of Queen Elizabeth competition), Hyesun Paik (Laureate of Tchaikovsky Competition), Yekwon Sunwoo (Gold Medalist, Van Cliburn Competition), Violinist Joshua Bell, Rachel Barton Pine, Sungsic Yang, Bomsori Kim, Clara-Jumi Kang (Gold medalist, Indianapolis Competition), Violist Richard O’Neill, Cellist Amit Peled, Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein (Gold Medalist, Nielsen Competition), Todd levy, Flutist Marina Piccinini, Soprano Donna Brown, Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves, Baritone Markus Eiche (Vienna State Opera), among many others. Acclaimed violinist as well, Jun Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, has a Master of Music from Indiana University, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.
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