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"A masterful demonstration of balance between the intensity of music,
piano technique and brightness”

(De Kwadratuur – Gent, Belgium)

"He played with startlingly mature interpretative insight, meticulous
technical precision and youthful vigour"

(Chloe Cutts, International Piano)

 “A young pianist who knows how to interpret an entire piece”
(Pianist Kun-Woo Paik)

Pianist Tae-Hyung Kim made his international debut in 2004 when he won first prize as well as the Best Interpretation Prize of Beethoven Sonata at the City of Porto International Piano Competition, becoming the first Korean winner in the history of the competition.  In the same year, he received second prize in the Jeunesses Musicales International Piano Competition and was awarded in a number of prestigious competitions including Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2006 and Long-Thibaud International Competition in 2007.  His superb feats continued in 2008, topping all others at numerous international competitions such as Interlaken Classics international Competition in Bern, Concours International de Musique du Maroc and Concours Grand Prix Animato. 

In 2013 he won both the first prize and Audience prize at Hastings International Piano concerto Competition, which made him more active in his music career throughout England and Europe.  In addition to his previous competition winnings, he achieved fifth place at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2010, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the top three major piano contests in the world, and captivated classical music fans home and abroad. 

Kim has expanded his activities by performing with prominent international orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performed with renowned conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Marin Alsop, Emil Tabakov, Vakhtang Matchavariani, among many others.  He also had appearances with leading Korean orchestras including KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tae-Hyung Kim made his solo debut at the Kumho Prodigy Concert in 2000, and from then he was invited to give recitals for the Kumho Rising Star Series, Yamaha Rising Artist Series, and Hoam Rising Star Series in Seoul, Korea.  He has established his presence in Europe through several solo recitals in Belgium including Bruges SCOOP concert series, a recital at Handelsbeurs in Gent, or at Cultuurcentrum in Mechelen and Kortrijk Festival van Vlaanderen.  His exceptional performance continued with Yokohama International Piano Concert, Florence International Music Festival and Euro Music Festival in Leipzig.  He also played in renowned concert venues including Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Handelsbeurs in Gent, Concertgebouw in Bruges, Dom Muziki in Moscow, Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, and Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore.

 Kim proudly served as Korea’s cultural ambassador by giving concert tours throughout Central Asia and performing at the UN Headquarters in Switzerland, all expressly invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korea Foundation.  In 2011, once again under the invitation of the Korea Foundation, he went on overseas tours in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama and gave stirring performances.  His extensive solo and chamber music performances have successfully proved his versatility and gave pleasure to fans all around the world.  Recently, Kim completed a 3-concert tour through Russia with Korean Chamber Orchestra, and has performed in Singapore and Thailand with Korean Symphony Orchestra.

Tae-Hyung Kim has shown deep commitment and passion for chamber music.  He has appeared frequently at various chamber music festivals including Festival de Musica Credomatic, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, and Ditto Festival. As a devoted chamber musician, in 2013, he formed ‘Trio Gaon’, with violinist Ji-Hye Lee and Cellist Hendrik Blumenroth during his chamber music course at München Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He is also a valued member of the Kumho Asiana Soloists along with many other promising musicians of Korea.

Born in Seoul, Tae-Hyung Kim graduated summa cum laude from Seoul Arts High School and studied with Professor Choong-Mo Kang at Korean National University of Arts.  After his graduation, he flew to Germany to complete Meisterklasse(Konzertexamen) in piano performance under guidance of Elisso Virsaladze and Meisterklasse(Konzertexamen) in Liedgestaltung with Helmut Deutsch at München Hochschule für Musik und Theater.  He subsequently trained at the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I.Tchaikovsky under Elisso Virsaladze, growing ever more in his profound understanding and sensitivity to music.  Currently based in München, Kim is studying Chamber Music with Christoph Poppen and Friedemann Berger at München Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

Tae-Hyung Kim has been continuously supported by DAEWON Cultural Foundation since 2008, and he gratefully acknowledges its assistance.  He is generally represented by Sui Generis in association with Weinstadt Artists Management for the Benelux/France and SMOLART Concert Agency for the Russia/CIS.




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