BIO

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, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Wincenc, Don Weilerstein, Peter Wiley, Mark Kosower, Richard O'Neill, Yeol Eum Son, Stefan Jackiw, Jasmine Choi and Sumi Jo.

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 Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Winnipeg Symphony, 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 Raymond Leppard, Mario Venzago, Andrew Litton, Christoph Poppen, Lynn Harrell, André Watts, Garrick Ohlsson, and Lang Lang.

A keen advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kim has premiered and performed new compositions by some of the leading living composers such as George Crumb, Harrison Birtwistle, Jennifer Higdon, David Dzubay, Dobrinka Tabakova, Vivian Fung, Eric Nathan, Texu Kim 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.



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Conductor DONGMIN KIM is the founder and Music Director of the New York Classical Players(NYCP).

Since founding NYCP in 2010, Mr. Kim had led the ensemble over 100 concerts collaborating with some of world’s renowned artists including Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Chee-Yun, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Clara Jumi Kang, Charles Neidich, Peter Wiley, Mark Kosower, Richard O’Neill, Jasmine Choi, and Sumi Jo.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s career include as guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as well as sold-out performances of The Magic Flute with the Seoul Arts Center Festival Orchestra. He had been on the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony to name a few. 

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. He was a conducting staff at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow. He worked with 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 and performed new compositions by some of the leading living composers such as George Crumb, Harrison Birtwistle, Jennifer Higdon, David Dzubay, Dobrinka Tabakova, Vivian Fung, Eric Nathan, Texu Kim and Clint Needham.

A noted violinist, Mr. Kim has served as principal viola positions including the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed throughout the United States as well as in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  

A native of Seoul, Mr. Kim has dual-studies in Orchestral Conducting and Viola at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His conducting mentors include Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Imre Pallo, Gustav Meier and David Effron.