Sun-Wook Kim

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Since winning the 2006 Leeds Competition as the youngest performer to do so, Kim has been engaged with projects with the LSO and the Philharmonia.
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South Korean pianist Sun-Wook Kim was raised in Seoul and started playing the piano at three. He gave his first solo recital at ten and his first concerto performance at 12. Kim studied at the Korean National University of Arts, where his teacher was Daejin Kim. At 18, he was the first Asian pianist to win the Leeds International Piano Competition. He was also a winner at the Ettlingen Competition and the Concours Clara Haskil, and he won awards from the Daewon Cultural Foundation and the Kumho Asiana Group. In 2013, Kim earned his Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and many other major orchestras around the world. As a chamber artist, Kim has performed with Alisa Weilerstein, Guy Braunstein, Augustin Hadelich, Jian Wang, and Nobuko Imai. He was honored in 2013 by the Beethoven House in Bonn as the first participant in its mentoring program.