Dongmin Kim

©Jino Park/Auditorium

©Jino Park/Auditorium

Kim’s conducting of Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” focused on details and punctuation, and allowed solo voices the space to speak idiomatically.
— The Washington Post
NYCP designs programs that are imaginative in their scope and strike the perfect balance of known musical favorites to draw listeners to the concerts, paired with unusual, challenging works to inspire the audiences to broaden their knowledge base.
— STEFAN JACKIW, concert violinist

Conductor Dongmin Kim is the founder and Music Director of the New York Classical Players (NYCP). He is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He is holding the Music Director position of the New York Classical Players; a New York-based professional chamber orchestra of today’s most gifted young instrumentalists. 

Since NYCP’s founding in 2010, Mr. Kim had led the ensemble in nearly 80 concerts in the greater New York City metropolitan area. NYCP’s guest artists have included such renowned musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Chee-Yun, Mark Kosower, Alex Kerr, Stefan Jackiw, Kim Kashkashian, Charles Neidich, Peter Wiley and Richard O'Neill.  In 2014, Mr. Kim led NYCP in its first national tour, appearing with esteemed soprano Sumi Jo to audiences across the country.

Guest artists for the 2016-2017 season include Clara-Jumi Kang, Brandon Ridenour, Jasmine Choi and Ricardo Rivera, and soloists drawn from within the ensemble; Michael Katz, Alice Yoo, Madeline Fayette, and Bomsori Kim. This season also demonstrates Mr. Kim’s commitement to contemporary works, with NYCP premiering works including Jennifer Hidden, Dobrinka Tabakova, Teddy Niedermaier, and Texu Kim. 

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.  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 50 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.