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. His performances this season include appearances with Toronto Concert Orchestra and recital engagements in Vancouver and Toronto.
The winner of various prizes including San Antonio International Competition, Concours International de Piano Francis Poulenc and Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Competition at the University of Toronto, he also received various prizes and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, 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. Most recently, Younggun was given the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award worth $25000, which is the largest award that the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music offers.
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.A Toronto-based Canadian citizen from South Korea, he finished his undergraduate degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Marietta Orlov, Master’s Degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Professor Boris Slutsky and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Professor Marietta Orlov. He is active as soloist, chamber musician, and adjudicator; recently he joined his alma mater, University of Toronto, as faculty member