Professor Julius Jeongwon Kim

"The performance that captivates the audience by its abundant display of the warm-hearted emotion, fantasy and music ideas." 

- Murray Perahia, pianist

"A pianist who interprets logically and maintains chracter while never losing the musical taste.

- Paul-Badura Skoda, pianist

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Teaching Languages

_ German, Korean, English

Concert Pianist

Artist in Residence at

Sejong Arts Center and 

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul Korea

Pianist Julius-Jeongwon Kim is commonly recognized as Korea’s best pianist of the current generation. He has received praise for his poetic sensitivity and energetic display of emotions; his versatile career has led to acclaimed performances on stages worldwide.

 

Having been recognized as a child prodigy in his early days, he won first prizes at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, and the Elena Rombro Stepanow International Piano Competition. Moreover, he won various prizes at several other international piano competitions. 

 

Since 1999, Julius-Jeongwon Kim has consistently been performing with world-renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Germany, Nürnberg Symphony, Budapest Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Danish National Radio Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Warszawa Radio Symphony, etc. Notable performances as a soloist took place at venues such as the International Chopin Festival (Warsaw), organized by the Polish Chopin Association; the Beethoven Easter Festival (Warsaw), hosted by the Penderecki Association; the International Music Festival (Česki Krumlov); the Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival in Teplice (all in the Czech Republic); the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and the International Piano Echos Festival (Italy).

Furthermore, he performed in front of Vaclav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, who personally honored the artist with a plaque of appreciation, while former U.S. President George W. Bush praised Kim’s performance as "very moving."

 

In 2018, he was invited to perform in front of the leaders of both countries when South Korea's president Moon Jae-in visited Russia and met President Putin. Julius-Jeongwon Kim has also been invited to the final performance at the Seoul International Music Festival where he premiered Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (arrangement of the composer's Symphony No. 2 by A. Warenberg).

 

As an avid performer of chamber music, Julius-Jeongwon Kim captured audiences playing alongside cellists Mischa Maisky, Young-Chang Cho, Li-Wei Qin, pianist Peter Jablonski and violinist Chee-yun. Also, he has earned favorable reviews in the musical world, at home as well as abroad, ever since he formed the MIK ensemble with violinist Soovin Kim, cellist Young Song, and violist Sang-Jin Kim in 2003. 

 

A very different endeavor was marked by a special appearance in the Korean blockbuster movie “For Horowitz” (2006), which tells the story of a piano prodigy; Kim performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in this movie. Apart from that, he has shaken the Korean classical music scene by attracting large crowds during his annual nationwide tours (12 to 15 cities) since 2007.

 

Julius-Jeongwon Kim also succeeded in Japan, touring seven Japanese cities in 2011. 

He has played 21 complete Schubert Piano Sonatas, six of which were recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon. Previously, he had released more than 10 albums of solo works, concertos, and chamber music pieces; examples include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 5 or Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra, produced by Deutsche Grammophon; Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, produced by EMI; Chopin’s 24 Etudes, Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No. 2, and Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ in 2017.

 

Julius-Jeongwon Kim was the musical director of  NAVER's "V Salon Concert" and is artist-in- residence at Sejong Arts Center and Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul Korea.

韩国钢琴家金敬元被公认为韩国当代最杰出的钢琴家。他因其充满诗意的艺术敏锐度、充满活力的情感表现力而受到赞誉;他丰富多彩的职业音乐生涯使其在世界各地的舞台上都获得了好评。 

 

金敬元早年被公认为音乐神童,并在玛丽亚·卡纳斯国际钢琴大赛、伯森多费尔国际钢琴大赛和埃琳娜·隆布罗·斯特帕诺国际钢琴大赛中荣获一等奖。自1999年以来,他一直与伦敦交响乐团、维也纳交响乐团、捷克交响乐团、德国NDR交响乐团、纽伦堡交响乐团、布达佩斯交响乐团、布拉格广播交响乐团、多伦多交响乐团、丹麦国家广播交响乐团、韩国首尔交响乐团、韩国KBS交响乐团、日本名古屋交响乐团、波兰华沙广播交响乐团等世界知名乐团合作演出。他还曾出席瑞士韦尔比尔音乐节和意大利国际钢琴回声音乐节。 

此外,他还曾为捷克前总统瓦茨拉夫·克劳斯表演,后者亲自颁发给金敬元嘉奖奖杯,而美国前总统乔治·布什则称赞他的演奏相当感人。 

2018年,当韩国总统文在寅访问俄罗斯并会见普京总统时,他应邀在两国领导人面前表演。金敬元还受邀参加首尔国际音乐节的最后一场演出,并演奏了拉赫玛尼诺夫《第五钢琴协奏曲》。 

 

金敬元同样热衷于室内乐演奏,他曾与大提琴家米莎·麦斯基、大提琴家秦立巍、钢琴家彼得·贾布隆斯基和小提琴家志云同台演奏。 

此外2003年金敬元与小提琴家金秀文、大提琴家宋阳和小提琴家金相镇共同组建了韩国MIK乐团以来,并在国内外音乐界都获得了广泛好评。金敬元曾在韩国电影《为了霍洛维茨》中特邀出演,这部电影讲述了一个钢琴神童的故事;他在这部电影中演奏了拉赫玛尼诺夫的《第二钢琴协奏曲》。 

 

金敬元曾发行过10余张个人作品、协奏曲和室内乐作品的专辑,例如与伦敦交响乐团合作的拉赫玛尼诺夫《第五钢琴协奏曲》、肖斯塔科维奇《第二钢琴协奏曲》,由德国留声机唱片公司出品;柴可夫斯基《第一钢琴协奏曲》,由百代唱片公司出品等。 

他说:金敬元还是韩国首尔世宗艺术中心和韩国乐天音乐厅的音乐总监。 

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