One of Japan’s leading conductors, Seikyo Kim worked with the best chamber orchestra in the country as a the Artistic Partner of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa from 2009 thru 2015. He successfully completed his responsibility as the Principal Conductor of the Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen (Flanders Symphony Orchestra) in Bruges, Belgium in 2013. Most recently, his musical enthusiasm is focused on building up and developing his own “Camerata” ensemble with young talented musicians, following his career as the Principal Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Yokohama from 2009 thru 2014. During his tenure in Yokohama, within the first two years he doubled the number of audience in the subscription series. His major project with the Kanagawa Philharmonic was the Mahler Symphony Cycle which he started in April of 2010 and completed in 2013. His recordings of the 2nd symphony “Resurrection”, the 9th Symphony and the Deryk Cooke version of the 10th Symphony received high acclaims in the country.
Recent and future highlights among Seikyo Kim’s guest conductor engagements include the NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra、Busan Philharmonic (South Korea), Daejeon Philharmonic (South Korea), the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker in Germany in March 2014 and the latest was in May of 2015 which he took over for cancelled conductor in short notice which received high appraises in performance of Charles Ives and Ludwig van Beethoven.
His recordings of Beethoven and Brahms Symphony Cycle with OEK (Orchesta Ensemble Kanazawa) have attracted unprecedented acclaim in Japanese music press. Especially the Beethoven Cycle started as early as year 2002, performing them in the classical “period style” even before many of the similar style well-known recordings in the late 2000’s made in Europe. As a student his was very influenced by figures as such as Nicolas Harnoncourt and Simon Rattle. His challenge was to promote and spread the ideas of the Period Style in the classical repertoir performance which was not common at all in Japan. have attracted unprecedented acclaim in Japanese music press.
Osaka-born Seikyo Kim moved to the USA at the age of 14. He was trained at the New England Conservatory in Boston and then went on to study with Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood and Leopold Hager and Yuji Yuasa at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. He gave his debut in May of 1997 with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra and was the 1998 winner of the prestigious International Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark.
His fascination for historically-informed performances led him to become a pioneer of this so-called “Period Style” in his native country, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Roger Norrington and Simon Rattle being particularly strong influences. This approach informs his work in repertoire ranging from Mozart through Brahms, and even with Mahler, Bruckner, Wagner and R.Strauss.
His current interest expands into 20th and 21st century music performing works of Pierre Boulez, Gyorg Ligeti and and especially Dai Fujikura his fellow counrymen. in the past three years he has performed modern works in his childrens’ concerts also to influence the growth of early musical education.