David Hyun-su Kim, piano
Hailed by Malcolm Bilson as a musician “who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country,” pianist and fortepianist David Hyun-su Kim holds degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Cornell Universities, and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has performed internationally, appearing throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia.
His concerts have been praised as “emotionally expansive” and “idiomatically perfect.” His 2016-2017 season includes the release of his first CD on the Centaur label (a disc of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas performed on a 5-octave Walter piano), collaborations with period violinist Lauren Basney, the Aspen Trio, and cellist Sally Singer, and concerts in Italy, Massachusetts, New York, Boston, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, and California.
David has participated in festivals including the Banff Summer Piano Festival, the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Center for Eighteenth-Century Music Fortepiano Workshop, Eastman’s Young Artist’s International Piano Festival, the Schumann Festival at Cornell University, ARIA Music Festival, PianoFest Austria Summer Program, and the Adamant Summer School of Music. In the summer of 2011, he was a finalist at the international Westfield Fortepiano Competition, part of the Westfield Music Conference of Cornell University. In June 2009, David made his historical performance debut as part of the Fringe Series at the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival, with a program pairing works by Schubert and Schumann, and he returned to BEMF in 2011, playing a program of Beethoven and Schumann to a sold-out audience.
Winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, David was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University for his teaching excellence in the fields of music history and theory. His past teachers include Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, Peter Frankl, James Webster, Bruce Brubaker, Christopher Hasty, Gerritt Zitterbart, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Stephen Prutsman, and he has performed in masterclass for such esteemed artists as Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Robert Ward, David Breitman and Andrew Willis.
Committed to music education, David has presented piano and fortepiano performance masterclasses and lectures throughout the U.S. He has been guest lecturer on 18th- and 19th-century notation, and the New England Conservatory Department of Music History recently invited him to lecture on improvisation.
David matriculated at Cornell University in 1999 as a Presidential Research Scholar and National Merit Scholar in chemistry. The lab stool was quickly traded for the piano bench, however, and he graduated magna cum laude in music in 2003. After winning a Fulbright Scholarship, he traveled to Germany, studying piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, and making his orchestral debut in Vienna with the Mozart B-flat Piano Concerto, K. 456. Returning to the US, David earned master’s degrees in piano performance from the Yale School of Music and in historical performance from the Harvard Department of Music. He remained in Boston, earning his doctorate from the New England Conservatory last spring, and, in the fall of 2013, began a new post as a Professor of Theory and Piano at Whitman College.