Young Kim

Young Kim

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First season with the SO: 2013-14 season as a sub, 2014-15 as full section member

Degrees / Colleges: Bachelor of Music from College of Fine Arts at Boston University, Master of Music from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Greatest musical achievement: There are two parts to my achievement - the obvious one is winning the 4th Horn position in the Sarasota Orchestra and becoming a gainfully employed musician.  Aside from my career, one of the most inspirational performances I have played in is a production of La Boheme at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan with Fabio Luisi.

Hobbies/Interests: I love history, geography, and international relations.  I like to particularly study European and East Asian cultures and history.  Had I decided not to pursue music, I can see myself actively involved in areas related to history or international politics.

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I was born in South Korea, raised in Hawaii, studied in Boston and Houston, and now work in Florida.  I can read, write, speak fluent Korean and relatively good Mandarin.

My dream is to: live a happy healthy life with family and friends.

Young Kim has been playing Fourth Horn in the Sarasota Orchestra since 2013.  In addition, he has also played with the Toronto, Colorado, Houston, San Antonio, and Hawaii Symphony Orchestras as well as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the summers, Young participated in numerous festivals such as Eastern Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival & School, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Banff Music Centre, and Lucerne Festival Academy where he has also studied with noted pedagogues and performers such as William Caballero, Eli Epstein, Martin Hackleman, Julie Landsman, Jennifer Montone, and Kevin Reid.  

Young was also invited to play as Associate Principal Horn at the Mahler Festival in Boulder, CO, and has also been invited to play with both the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera as well as the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Young has also won Second Prize in the International Horn Competition of America in 2011. 

Born in South Korea and raised in Hawaii, Young began his musical training on the piano at age 6.  In succeeding years, he also took lessons on the trumpet and the flute.  However, it was after attending the Interlochen Arts Camp in 2005 that he solely focused on the horn.

He went on to study with Eric Ruske at Boston University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Music Performance with summa cum laude honors. While at BU, Young also spent a semester abroad at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Timothy Jones and natural horn with Susan Dent.

He has completed his studies under William VerMeulen at Rice University where he has earned a Master’s degree in Horn Performance.

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