DAEJIN KIM

 


DAEJIN KIM has emerged as one of the most leading pianist and pedagogue in Korea.   In 1985, he won the first prize in the prestigious 6th Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (presently, the Cleveland Competition) . In 1986, Mr.Kim made his New York debut and received an exceptionally favorable review from the critic for the New York Times who wrote that "Daejin Kim demonstrated all the accouterments necessary for a successful solo career. Since then, his international career has taken him to major concert halls throughout the world.

In 1994, Mr.Kim and his family moved to Korea and since then he has became a leading example of that rare individual who is able to successfully combine the demanding careers of a concert artist and the most productive teacher. His master classes have drawn international recognition and at the same time, he has been able to maintain a full schedule of performances such as a historical one-day performance of the complete Beethoven's Piano Concertos(2001) and the complete cycle of the Mozart Piano Concertos(2002-2004). Recently, he has appeared as a soloist with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchestra, Berlin and the RTE National Orchestra in Dublin and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Japan. His recent discography includes 2 Piano Concertos by Mozart(K.488 & K.453) which he conducted the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard.

In 2002, he was awarded 'the Professor of the Year' prize by the Music Association of Korea, and he also received a decoration for ‘the Artist of the Year' by the Ministry of Culture in Korea in 2006.

Mr.Kim has been on jury member for the Gina Bachauer, the Cleveland, the Hamamatsu, the Clara Haskil, the Sendai, the China, the Paderewski, the Beethoven International Piano Competition(Bonn) and among others. His students have the prizes in the major international competitions including the Rubinstein, the Busoni, the Van Cliburn, the Cleveland, the Geza Anda and the Sendai International Competition. Recently, his student at the Korean National University has won the first prize at the 2005 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition and the first prize at the Leeds International Competition in 2006.

Daejin Kim holds Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with Martin Canin. Mr.Kim has been a member of the associate faculty at the Manhattan School of    Music and has taught at Yale University as visiting professor in 2006. He is currently a professor at the Korean National University of Arts.