Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras. At Aldborough he will perform Beethoven’s final piano sonatas.
As soloist in the 2022/23 season, Sunwook will return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), Chamber Orchestra of Europe to tour South Korea as well as to the Seoul Philharmonic in their tour of Europe (Concertgebouw, Cadogan Hall). Sunwook will also return to Bournemouth Symphony both as soloist (Karabits) and to conduct Dvorak’s Cello Concerto alongside Brahms Symphony No. 2. Recital highlights to date include regular appearances at venues including Salle Pleyel in Paris, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, La Roque d’Antheron and the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires.
‘His technique and the extensive range of his tone colours allowed him to grasp every single nuance in the score with poise and natural ease.’
‘The glorious lyrical theme with Kim’s playing alone is near spine-tingling, so introspective.’