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Biography

South Korea-born pianist Julian Jaeyoung Kim has appeared in some prestigious international piano competitions, including the Edvard Grieg international piano competition in Norway and Goerge Enescu international piano competition in Romania. He is a prize winner in many international piano competitions, including first prizes from Orbetello international piano competition, “Citta di Barletta” international piano competition in Italy, and Franz Liszt international piano competition in Spain, and second prizes from Juliusz Zarębski international piano competition in Poland, "Citta di San Donà di Piave" international piano competition, Ischia international piano competition, and "Citta di Sarzana" international piano competition in Italy. Also, he made it to the finalist and semi-finalist for more than ten international piano competitions, including Pietro Argento international piano competition, Verona international piano competition, Neapolitan international piano competition, Goerge Gershwin international piano competition, Seattle international piano competition, Ricard Vines international piano competition, and Campillos international piano competition.

 

He was a featured artist at the Juilliard summer music festival, Mänttä international piano masterclasses in Finland, Dino Ciani music festival in Italy, Villa Sandra piano academy in Italy, and The International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands. In addition, He studied with critically acclaimed world-class pianists, including Robert McDonald, Jacques Rouvier, Sergei Babayan, Martin Canin, Boris Slutsky, Andre Laplante, Solomon Mikowsky, and Alexander Kobrin. He has appeared at concert venues in more than twenty cities in the world, including Carnegie Hall in the United States, Canada, Italy, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.

 

In 2022, Julian signed a contract with KNS Classical Artist as a recording artist, and his debut album was released in 2023. The repertoire included Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 in F minor, and Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35 Books I & II. The next album, featuring Brahms' solo piano works - including the Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 1 in C major, and Four Ballades, Op. 10 - is set to be released at the end of 2024.

 

He is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at USC Thornton School of Music under Bernadene Blaha, and his previous teachers are Matti Raekallio, Angela Cheng, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Jeffrey Swann. As an educator, he held an adjunct faculty position as an educator at New York University, a private instructor at the University of Southern California, and Oberlin Conservatory.

 

Julian is a C. Bechstein pianist.

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