Award-winning pianist Edwin (Sungpil) Kim performs as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist across the US and in his native South Korea. Praised by International Piano Magazine for performances infused with “magic in atmosphere, individuality and poise,” his repertoire encompasses timeless masterpieces of the piano literature along with innovative new compositions.
In September 2017, Mr. Kim won the first prize and the Best Polonaise Prize at the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition in Canberra, AU. Recital Engagements to follow in 2018 and 2019.
His most recent engagements in 2017 include a concert with Yangpyeong Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he performed the Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 by W. A. Mozart and the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10 by Prokofiev at the Yangpyeong Cultural Center in South Korea. Earlier in 2017, Mr. Kim gave a guest-artist recital at the prestigious Summer program of the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK.
In January 2016, Mr. Kim performed the Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 by W. A. Mozart with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. After which he also gave a recital for the U.S. Embassy of Moscow at the Spaso House.
Appearances as a soloist with orchestra include performances with the Manchester Camerata in England, where he performed the Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op. 11 by F. Chopin and the Changwon Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra in Tongyeong, South Korea, which featured him performing the Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30 by S. Rachmaninoff.
As a recitalist, he performs in prestigious halls as well as casual venues that support his mission to make classical music accessible to people everywhere. He has performed as part of Yamaha's Rising Artist Series, at the Sydney Opera House, the Seoul Arts Center, and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he was heard by thousands in the New York metropolitan region performing an all-Chopin recital live on WWFM radio.
Mr. Kim was awarded the first prize at the 2011 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Colorado and the 2009 South Orange Symphony Orchestra Artist Competition. As the third prize winner at the 2009 Manchester International Piano Competition in Manchester, U.K., he gave a recital during the Chetham’s Summer School of Music for Pianists in 2010. He was also the fourth prize winner at the 2010 Isang Yun International Music Competition in Tongyeong, Korea.
A prodigious child, within his first year of piano studies, Mr. Kim won top prizes in six national competitions in Seoul, including, at the age of 12, a grand prize at the 2000 Junior Korea Times Competition. In 2001, he performed in the 18th Young Musician’s Festival, which annually invites the winners of the major national competitions in Korea. He also gave recitals that were part of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation’s Prodigy Concert Series in 2001 and 2002.
Mr. Kim earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with renowned artist-teacher Yong Hi Moon. Previously, he studied for four years with the eminent pianist Martin Canin at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York. Today, along with his international appearances, Mr. Kim is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody, in the studio of Brian Ganz.