CONCERT 1 – Sunwook Kim

Sunday, October 18, 2009 3 PM, at Chan Centre

20 year-old Sunwook Kim became the first Asian to win the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006 and the youngest winner since Michael Roll back in 1963. “…this prodigiously gifted artist displays an interpretative insight well beyond his years. His performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto was remarkable for its light and shade, exquisite phrasing and sensitivity to colour and mood.” Geoffrey Mogridge.


Future projects include concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic and the KBS Symphony. Highlights among future recital appearances include Brussels (Flanders Festival), London (Wigmore Hall), and the New Ross Piano Festival in Ireland.

Highlights among recent recital appearances include the Beethovenfest Bonn, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany, the Aspen Music Festival in the USA, New York’s International Keyboard Institute, the Duszniki Zdrój International Chopin Festival in Poland as well as the Tongyeong International Music Festival.

Besides Leeds, international awards include the first prize at the 2004 Ettlingen Competition (Germany) and the 2005 Clara Haskil Competition (Switzerland). In Korea he was the first winner of the Daewon Artist of the Year award (2005) and also received the Kumho Musician of the Year Award (2007).


Haydn – Piano Sonata in C major
Prokofiev – Piano Sonata in A major, op.82


Chopin – Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60
Sonata in b minor, op.58