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Jin Uk Kim 2nd in Kapell Competition

Pianist is student of Wha Kyung Byun

NEC’s Jin Uk Kim ’13 D.M.A. Takes Second Prize in 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition

Jin Uk Kim a doctoral candidate studying with Wha Kyung Byun, has won the Second Prize in the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, which took place July  7—21 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Kim, 28, and a native of South Korea, received a $15,000 prize. A recipient of the Joseph C. Beaudoin Piano Scholarship at NEC, he earned his Master of Music in 2008 and his Graduate Diploma in 2010.

Since his public debut with the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, Kim has been performing as an orchestra soloist, solo pianist and chamber musician. In summer 2011, he appeared as an orchestra soloist with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra led by conductor Daniel Hege, in a gala performance given after he won the festival’s concerto competition.

At the invitation of his undergraduate school, Hanyang University, Mr. Kim has performed with both the University Orchestra and the Alumni Orchestra at Korea's major concert halls. He has also actively participated in a number of piano and chamber music concert series presented by New England Conservatory. In 2009 he was featured in the New England Conservatory Young Stars Concert at the Newport Music Festival as a piano soloist and in a duo with flutist Sooyun Kim, with whom he also performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project.

Mr. Kim was also involved in an NEC project with legendary jazz and Third Stream pianist Ran Blake that paired improvised musical performance with classic Film Noir works. He was awarded the third prize at the 2008 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano & Strings as well as top prizes at major competitions in Korea.

The quadrennial Kapell competition has taken its place among the most prestigious competitions in the world since it was founded in 1971 as the University of Maryland International Piano Festival & Competition. In 1980 it was formally recognized with admission to the World Federation of International Music Competitions, becoming the second American competition to join the Federation. In 1986 the competition was given its current name in recognition of the great American pianist William Kapell, whose life ended tragically in a 1953 plane crash. The mission of the William Kapell International Piano Competition and Festival is to support and nurture young pianists and promote diverse piano repertoire. In recognition of William Kapell’s mission to promote American works, semi-finalists are required to perform one work from a list of six American compositions. This year’s panel of jurors was chaired by Santiago Rodriguez of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and included Richard Egarr, United Kingdom; Ming Qiang Li, China; Cecile Licad, Philippines; Noriko Ogawa, Japan; Peter Roesel, Germany; and Stewart Gordon, USA.

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