Praised as “a rare virtuoso of the flute” by Libération, flutist Sooyun Kim has established herself as one of the rare flute soloists in the classical music scene. Subsequent to making her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten, Ms. Kim has been the guest soloist with leading orchestras in the United States and Europe, among them The Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Münchener Kammerorchester. In the United States, she has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Abroad, Ms. Kim has been featured in Budapest’s Franz Liszt Hall, Munich’s Herkulesaal and Prinzregententheater, Paris’ Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau, Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Odense’s Carl Nielsen Hall, Kobe’s Bunka Hall and Seoul’s Sejong Arts Hall. Her summer appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Newport Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival and Yellow Barn Festivals.
A winner of the Georg Solti Foundation career Grant, Ms. Kim became the first American since 1964 to win a top prize at Munich’s 2010 ARD International Flute Competition in Munich, at which she was also awarded a Special Prize for the best interpretation of a commissioned work by Bruno Mantovani.
Ms. Kim is also an avid chamber musician, an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a former member of CMS Two. She has collaborated with dozens of distinguished artists, including Kenneth Cooper, David Finckel, Leila Josefowicz, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Paula Robison, Russell Sherman, Fred Sherry, David Shifrin and Richard Stoltzman, as well as the Borromeo, Jupiter, Orion and Parker string quartets. During the summer of 2012, Ms. Kim served as an Artist in Resident with the Danish Chamber Players, for whom she curated and collaborated with the ensemble in its annual festival “Sumermusic in Fuglsang.”
Ms. Kim earned all of her degrees - Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Graduate Diploma - at the New England Conservatory, where she worked with Paula Robison. In addition to her musical training, she studied baroque dance with Melinda Sullivan. Her performance of Debussy’s Syrinx has been heard nationally on Performance Today, and her recordings are available on the ArtistLed label. Ms. Kim is an official artist of Powell Flutes, the distinguished American maker of flutes and piccolos.
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