Oregon Symphony Conductor Bio
Paul Ghun Kim
Oregon Symphony Resident Conductor
Paul Ghun Kim was selected as the Oregon Symphony’s third Resident Conductor from a field of over 130 international candidates. He joined the Symphony in August, 2013, taking over duties that have him on the podium conducting a wide variety of Youth, Kids, and Special concerts in addition to his many other responsibilities.
Mr. Kim began his conducting career at the age of 18 as a faculty member at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival. Since then he has assisted world-renowned conductors Lorin Maazel and Franz Welser-Most, and held the post of Music Director for the Campanile Orchestra in Houston and for the Indiana Youth Musicians (which he founded). In addition, he was the Assistant Conductor at Manhattan School of Music, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Peabody Institute of Music and the Jacobs School of Music.
The dynamic young conductor has already conducted the New World Symphony and the Silesian Philharmonic, and made his European conducting debut with the Kielce Philharmonic in Poland and his Canadian debut conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
He won the Fritz Kreisler Award from the Curtis Institute of Music and was a prizewinner at the 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. He received his Master’s Degree from Rice University and is a Doctoral Candidate at the Indiana University.