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Han Kim

About this Artist

By winning the Second Prize in 68th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, 23-year-old Korean-born clarinetist Han Kim has been recognized around the world as one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. Alongside the Henle-Urtext Prize, his performance of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Münchner Rundfunkorchester in the final round impressed all the jury members and captivated the audience, which led him also to be awarded the audience prize.

Born in 1996, Han Kim began playing the clarinet at the age of 10 and has already been recognized around the world as the most promising clarinet prodigy for his wondrous and mature playing, since video clips of his first recital were shared through YouTube and captivated world-wide audiences over 5 million times.

Han has appeared many times as a soloist with a number of orchestras, such as Münchner Kammerorchester, Orchestre de la Normandie, KBS Symphony Orchestra, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra since his debut in 2009 at the age of 13, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Euro-Asian Orchestra in Seoul. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with many of the world’s finest musicians, including Arto Noras, Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Igor Levit, Shanghai String Quartet, and Bennewitz Quartet; his recent engagements include the world premiere performances of Jeajoon Ryu’s clarinet sonata and Fuminori Tanada’s clarinet concerto.

Since he launched his recital career at the 2008 international clarinet festival in Japan at the age of 12, he is among the distinguished artists invited to perform in numerous music festivals, such as City of London Festival, Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival, Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland, Ikoma Music Festival, and Asian Clarinet Festival. He is regularly invited as a guest principal clarinet player in numerous orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de France, under the baton of conductors such as Hannu Lintu, Alain Altinoglu, David Zinman, Klaus Mäkelä, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Han Kim is the First Prize winner of the 2016 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition by unanimous decision, as well as receiving the audience prize and the prize for the commissioned work. He also received numerous awards including the jury’s special prize at the 2009 Beijing International Music Competition. He is the youngest member of Kumho Asiana Soloists and a founding member of Veits Quintet, as well as Second Prize winner of the first Carl Nielsen international chamber music competition.

He graduated U.K.’s Eton College and Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship, studying with Andrew Webster. Currently, he studies with Sabine Meyer at Musikhochschule Lübeck and is Second Solo Clarinetist of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.