Sunghwan Kim has toured extensively in the U.S and abroad, as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. A native of South Korea, Mr. Kim began the study of piano at age 6, and quickly rose as one of his generation’s most versatile musicians. He majored in music composition at Hanyang University, and later transferred to Chugye University for the Arts as a piano performance major, earning his B.M. and summa cum laude status. While in Korea, Mr. Kim was selected as a performer for the 30th Anniversary Concert and was given many accolades, including the First Prize in Korea-Germany Brahms Association Competition. He also served as pianist for the Republic of Korea Air Force Band for 27 months. He came to the U.S. in 2013 to study and complete his M.M. degrees in both Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed in various venues such as Werner Recital Hall, Watson Recital Hall, Weigel Auditorium, Hughes Auditorium, Mershon Auditorium, Davidson Theater, and innumerable churches. Also, he has been selected as a soloist for several big concerts such as annual celebration concert, honors concert at the Ohio State University School of Music and awarded such as Brahms Chamber Music Award, Semi-Finalist of Coltman National Chamber Music Competition, and winner of OSU Symphony Orchestra DMA concerto competition. In addition, he collaborated with Balletmet “Lineage” in Davidson Theater, 2018 and with Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio Theatre, 2020. Since 2016, he has been the organist and pianist for Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass and can be heard in performance and recording with this ensemble. Currently, Mr. Kim is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at The Ohio State University under Dr. Caroline Hong. Mr. Kim served as an assistant to the OSU piano faculty as a collaborative pianist, and teacher of piano. Recently he finished his first piano solo recording of his hymn arrangements, it will be released this November.
You can find Sunghwan’s performance here.