Donghyun Kim

Donghyun Kim

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1999. Since 2023, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Telefónica Violin Chair with professor Christoph Poppen. He has been granted a scholarship by Fundación Albéniz.

He started playing violin at the age of 6 and his first performance was at the Kumho Art Hall of Seoul in 2012. He graduated from Korea National University of Arts, where he was admitted as a talented student after having studied with Namyun Kim and continued his training at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, under the guidance of Christoph Poppen. Additionally, he has attended classes by Miriam Fried, among others.

He has performed as soloist in Korea, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Russia, and as part of orchestras like the Seoul Philharmonic and the Korea National Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded in several competitions: Seoul International Music Competition, Kumho Arts Fund-Seoul Arts Center Young Musicians Competition, International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, where he was part of the jury in 2017, and the Seoul Young Chamber Music Competition.

In 2022, he performed in four occasions at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul as Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, he has participated in the Classic Revolution Music Festival (South Korea), Marvao Chamber Music Festival (Portugal) and the Encounter of Music and Academy (Spain).

He plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Parma, 1763) thanks to a generous loan by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

As a student of the School, he has performed with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Péter Csaba, and he is currently part of the Stoneshield and of the Strauss quartets.