Conductor Chris Younghoon Kim has a broad repertoire in instrumental and choral works and is particularly active in promoting new music. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and oboe performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and has also studied composition. He has continued his conducting studies in master classes with Neeme Jarvi, Jorma Panula, Martyn Brabbins, Gunther Schuller, Gerhard Markson, Johannes Schlaefli, and Kenneth Kiesler. Kim serves as Artistic Director of Brave New Works, a vibrant ensemble of ten musicians dedicated to performing new compositions. He has also been active as a conductor and concert-organizer with the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble. Before coming to Cornell University in 2004, he taught at Tufts University, served as resident conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University, and was assistant conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
At Cornell, Chris Kim conducts the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and teaches conducting. He works closely with the students in Cornell’s D.M.A. program in composition, assisting them in presenting their new works in concert. The Cornell Orchestras has received the ASCAP adventurous programming award in 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.
"When you have an orchestra full of engineers, biologists and every discipline of study from all twelve colleges across the University, and they make music at a professional level with the urgent sense of love for music, that is how I know classical music will be a vibrant force in my students’ lives long after they have graduated from Cornell and have children of their own, and are teaching the love of music to their own children and to their community in which they are leaders."
For more about Mr. Kim, please visit: http://chriskim.strikingly.com/ and http://music.cornell.edu/people/faculty/profile/chris-younghoon-kim/.