Paul Ghun Kim, Guest Conductor

Guest Conductor in the Symphony’s March 18 & 19, 2023 concerts

“Artist among artists”, as hailed by Lorin Maazel, Paul Ghun Kim is currently the Artistic  Director and Principal Conductor of the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.

Kim has served as the Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and has led the orchestra in a full range of concerts, including a gala concert with Lang Lang and a subscription series with Simone Lamsma, drawing high praise from soloists and audiences alike.

A vocal leader for arts and community, he was a featured guest speaker on leadership and communication at the Nike Summit in San Francisco. Kim is also a recipient of the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conducting Award with the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Kim has performed at the Castleton Music Festival where he was selected by Lorin Maazel to assist and prepare orchestras. He was also invited to study and perform with Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music, and was an Academy Conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen with David Zinman for two summers. He has conducted the New World Symphony under the guidance of Michael Tilson Thomas and assisted at the Ravinia Festival. He has also prepared orchestras for Franz Welser-Most, Leonard Slatkin, and Hans Graf.

Kim studied conducting with David Effron and Arthur Fagen at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where he served as Associate Instructor. He is a recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Award upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music and a prizewinner of the 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors.