Edwin Kim, United States

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.

As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kim founded Ensemble Evolve, whose mission is to pair the standard repertoire with contemporary works to bridge the stereotypical distance between the two communities. The group will present its first season in 2020 with a program showcasing compositions by a world-renowned composer, Kevin Puts, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Recently, Edwin Kim won the first prize and the Best Polonaise Prize at the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition in Canberra, AU. In 2018, National Institute of Frederic Chopin invited him to give recitals at the Chopin’s birthplace, zelazowa wola. His upcoming concerts of 2019 include a chamber concert at Flushing Town Hall in November, followed by a concert tour in South Korea.

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. For further records, please visit sungpilkim.com/biography.

Since 2015, Mr. Kim has been serving on the faculty alongside the principals and concertmasters of the major orchestras of Europe and North America at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in British Columbia, and joined the faculty for the Piano at Peabody (an amateur summer course) in 2016.

Competitor: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.