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As the Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Paul Ghun Kim leads the orchestra in a full range of concerts, including subscription, gala, educational, and outreach. Recent highlights include a gala concert with Lang Lang drawing high praise from the soloist and a subscription series with Simone Lamsma. This past season, he stepped in from the audience to replace Carlos Kalmar conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the New Year’s Eve Concert. A vocal leader for arts and community, he was recently featured as a guest speaker on leadership and communication at the Nike Summit in San Francisco.
Beginning his conducting career at the age of 18 as the Conductor of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, Kim made a successful European debut with the Kielce Philharmonic premiering Bernstein’s On the Waterfront Suite in Poland and conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has held posts as the Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor at the Shepherd School of Music, and cover conductor with the Kansas City Symphony. He recently conducted the Vancouver Symphony in Washington and at Northern Lights Music Festival Opera in Minnesota.
Kim has performed at the Castleton Music Festival where he was selected by Lorin Maazel to assist and prepare orchestras. He was also invited to study and perform with Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music, and was an Academy Conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen with David Zinman for two summers. He has conducted the New World Symphony under the guidance of Michael Tilson Thomas and assisted Michael Stern at the Ravinia Festival. He has also prepared orchestras for Franz Welser-Most, Leonard Slatkin, and Hans Graf.
As a violinist, Kim appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. His chamber music performances from Sarasota Music Festival were featured on the Young Artist Showcase in New York. He had served as concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music and participated in the Verbier Festival and Academy.
Kim studied conducting with David Effron and Arthur Fagen at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where he served as Associate Instructor. He is a recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Award upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music and a prizewinner of the 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors.
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