October 19-24, 2015

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Younggun Kim


Younggun Kim is a pianist known for his blazing technical capacity and a lush sound supported by a natural phrasing sense (Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review). He has performed around North America and Europe, and was a prize winner at the 11th San Antonio International Competition, where he also won the Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish or Latin American Composer.

In 2013, Younggun won the second prize at the 8th Concours International de Piano Francis Poulenc, held under the high patronage of Mr. François HOLLANDE, President of France and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Poulenc.

Younggun’s performances this season include a concert at Casa Loma with Toronto Concert Orchestra playing Mozart Concert No. 13 and an engagement with Kindred Spirits Orchestra, in which he performed Beethoven’s Concerti No. 3 and 4 in the same concert. He has also been closely involved since 2011 with the Health Arts Society of Ontario, providing classical music concerts to audiences who no longer can make it to concert halls.

The winner of 2012 Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Competition at the University of Toronto, he also received various prizes and scholarships from the University of Toronto, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Music Competition, Shean Competition, the Alice and Armen Matheson Graduate Scholarship, Anne Burrows Foundation and Winspear Fund.

A Toronto-based Canadian citizen from South Korea, he studied with Professor KyungRok Park in Seoul, and Dr. Roger Admiral and Professor Alexandra Munn in Edmonton. After finishing his undergraduate degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Marietta Orlov and Master’s Degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Professor Boris Slutsky, Younggun is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Professor Marietta Orlov.


First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude & Fugue No.4 in C-sharp minor, BWV 849, WTC I
Chopin Etude in F Major, Op.10 No.8
Scriabin Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.42 No.5
Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes
No.7 (first version on Op.10-5)
No. 10 (fourth version on Op.10-5) ‘Capriccio’ No.34 (second version on Op.25-5) ‘Mazurka’ No.22 (only version on Op.10-12) for the left hand alone
Haydn - Sonata in C minor Hob. XVI: 20, mvt. 1

Semifinal Round
Haydn Sonata in A flat Major, Hob. XVI:46
Rachmaninoff' Sonata in B flat Minor, Op. 36 (1913 original) 

Final Round
Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

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