Conductor Dongmin Kim is the founder and Music Director of the New York Classical Players (NYCP). Founded on the belief that access to excellence in music is an essential human right, NYCP is devoted to bringing free, high-level classical music concerts to communities throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area. A non-profit organization composed of young professional musicians, NYCP seeks to reach a wide spectrum of audiences with performances that engage the communities in which they occur.
Since NYCP’s founding in 2010, Mr. Kim had led the ensemble in over 50 concerts in the greater New York City metropolitan area. NYCP’s guest artists have included such renowned musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Wincenc, Don Weilerstein, Chee-Yun, Mark Kosower, Alex Kerr, Richard O'Neill, Yeol Eum Son, Stefan Jackiw, Itamar Zorman, and Jasmine Choi. Most recently. Mr. Kim led NYCP in its first national tour, appearing with esteemed soprano Sumi Jo to audiences across the country.
Highlights of Mr. Kim’s career include appearances as guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as well as a series of sold-out performances of The Magic Flute with the Seoul Arts Center Festival Orchestra. He been on the podium with the orchestras of Florida, Minnesota and Philadelphia, the Baltimore, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Memphis, San Antonio, Virginia and Winnipeg symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic and the Ensemble Zandonai.
Mr. Kim was awarded the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Fellowship, which resulted in a residency with the Wien Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Music Festival. For the 2005-2006 season , he was the Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In this capacity, he worked with renowned conductors and performing artists Andrew Litton, Raymond Leppard, Mario Venzago, Christoph Poppen, Lynn Harrell, André Watts, Garrick Ohlsson, and Lang Lang.
A keen advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kim has premiered over 60 compositions. He has led various contemporary ensembles in performances, readings and recording of new compositions, a highlight of which was the first performance of P.Q. Phan’s opera, Lorenzo de Medici in 2007. Mr. Kim has also collaborated with leading composers such as George Crumb, Harrison Birtwistle, David Dzubay, Don Freund, Edward Smaldone, Wei-Chieh Lin, and Clint Needham.
Mr. Kim is also a noted violist, having held principal positions at the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, Seoul’s Yonsei Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra. He was the first violist to win First Prize in the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, which resulted in a solo appearance with the orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed throughout the United States as well as in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He studied the viola with Alan de Veritch, Paul Neubauer, James Dunham, Yozhak Schotten, YongYoon Kim and SeungYong Choi, and his chamber music mentors include members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Cleveland, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Orion, and Tokyo String Quartets, and Janos Starker. Mr. Kim’s conducting mentors include Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, and Gustav Meier.
A native of Seoul, Korea, Mr. Kim studied Orchestral Conducting under David Effron, Thomas Baldner and Imre Pallo at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (IU), where he taught the graduate conducting courses and served as music director of the IU All-Campus Orchestra. He also served as the assistant conductor of the IU Opera Theater and the IU New Music Ensemble. Prior to his studies in the United States, Mr. Kim graduated from Yonsei University, where he was awarded the Music Merit Scholarship. Mr. Kim currently resides in New York with his wife, Sally S. Yang.