First prize winner in the universally acknowledged Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in September 2006, Sunwook Kim has emerged as an accomplished performer throughout the world.
Kim has already crowned his success in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in 2004 and the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 2005, where audiences,critics,and colleagues acclaimed his virtuosity and musical maturity. When he captured international attention by winning Leeds, Kim was the first Asian pianist, as well as the youngest over 40 years, to win this co-mpetition. Kim played Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 in the final with the Halle Orchestra and Mark Elder, of which The Times wrote, “Sunwook Kim deserved the first prize.”

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1988, Sunwook Kim began piano lessons at the age of 3. He won the leading domestic piano competitions since the age of 10 and made his debut recital appearance as Kumho Prodigy Concert Series.
Since his soloist debut with the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra at age of 12, the talented young pianist has been heard with the foremost domestic orchestras including Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. Kim also appeared in Europe with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, in addition to the recitals in Darmstadt and Ettlingen.

He was featured guest soloist with important international festivals including Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Aspen Music Festival in 2006. Since scored a triumph on the Rising Stars Series of the Kumho Art Hall(2004), he has continued to captivate audiences at the Tongyeong International Music Festival(2005) and the Sejong Chamber Hall Opening Festival(2006), at the latter he dazzled audiences by his over 120 minute-long awe-inspiring performance.

In the 2006-2007 season, he made a successful domestic tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Myung-Whun Chung(May 2-5), besides continuous appearances as recitalist throughout Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Highlights of the 2007-2008 season are performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in September; a concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fisher in October; his Royal Festival Hall debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky in November(2007), as well as appearances in Manchester with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder in January 2008.

As the 1st winner of Deawon Artist of the Year Award in 2005, Sunwook Kim has been supported by the Daewon Cultural Foundation. He also received the Kumho Musician of the Year Award in 2007, and is currently a student of Daejin Kim at the Korean National University of Arts.

Last updated January 2008. For an up-to-date biography, please contact the Askonas Holt Ltd.