Our Music Director
Kyunghun Kim is the Music Director of The Doctors Orchestral Society of New York, the Principal Associate Conductor of Ensemble 212 (New York-based orchestra) and the Music Director of Ensemble Con Cuore, a chamber orchestra based in South Korea. He also holds a position as the Orchestra Director and string faculty at Lehman College in New York. Mr. Kim frequently appears as a guest conductor with major South Korean orchestras such as the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the SungNam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Kim’s most recent performance of Gustav Mahler’s second symphony (arr. by Yoonjae Lee) with Ensemble 212 and Young New Yorker’s Chorus was hailed by SoundWordSight as “excellent performance”. Mr. Kim has held positions as Resident Conductor for The Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor for both The Greenwich Village Orchestra and The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. Additionally, he has conducted The Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Before graduating from The Julliard School in 2011 with a Masters in Orchestral Conducting with James DePriest, Mr. Kim was an assistant conductor of AXIOM, a contemporary music ensemble at the Juilliard School and was a conductor of the same school’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) orchestra during 2009-2011. Prior to this, he earned an Artist Diploma in Conducting in 2007 from The Curtis Institute of Music, under the auspices of Otto-Werner Mueller where he was an assistant conductor for a variety of opera projects.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Kim began studying piano, violin, and composition at the age of five with his mother and later attended and graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School in 1995.
While continuing his study in the U.S., his diverse musical interests and skills led him to different positions: pianist for the musical theater at The Boston Conservatory, where he holds a B.M. in viola performance; principal violist of The Boston Conservatory’s Orchestra. He has attended numerous festivals, including the Wiener Meisterkurse (with Salvador mas Conde), The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (with Marin Alsop), and The Pierre Monteux School (with Michael Jinbo).
In February of 2012, Mr. Kim was chosen as a participant in a Beethoven masterclass with Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to this, Mr. Kim has participated in master classes with Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, John Keenan, and Harold Farberman and he also was chosen as a semi-finalist and participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir George Solti International Conducting Competition & Apprenticeship in June 2013.
Mr. Kim currently lives and works in New York City.