Beethoven has been central to Sunwook Kim’s repertoire for many years and many critics, concert organisers and fellow pianists have remarked on his rare understanding of the composer’s music. Aside from regular performances of Beethoven’s concertos, Sunwook Kim is in the midst of a complete sonata cycle at the LG Arts Center
in Seoul. His enthusiasm for this composer has also informed his choice of repertoire for a debut disc which was released on Deutsche Grammophon
in April 2013: Beethoven’s Concerto No.5, with Seoul Philharmonic and Myung-Whun Chung.
In 2013 Sunwook Kim also became the first soloist to be awarded a fellowship by the Beethoven-Haus Bonn
, as part of the prestigious institution’s new mentoring initiative, giving him access to the house’s scholars and its unique collection of instruments, scores and documents.
Sunwook Kim and Kirill Karabits first collaborated in Seoul in 2009, performing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 with the Seoul Philharmonic. There was an immediate mutual appreciation and the two artists have since come together twice in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s subscription series, to perform Chopin’s Concerto No.2 and Brahms’s Concerto No.2. This will be their fourth collaboration.
Sunwook Kim has just launched a new website: www.sunwookkim.com