Jeonghwan Kim
Supported by Club 32 donors Rob Thomas AO and Sam Meers AO


10 July 2000

It would be a great honour for me to win this – one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. I would see it as a definite validation of my devotion to music.


First Prize: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition (Berlin, Germany)
Fourth Prize and Audience Prize: Sendai International Music Competition (Sendai, Japan)
First Prize: Aarhus International Piano Competition (Aarhus, Denmark)

Jeonghwan Kim first began playing the piano at the age of six. In the following years, his numerous first prizes in national competitions led to his admission to the Seoul Arts Center Academy for Young Talented Musicians at just nine years old. Moving to Berlin at the age of 11, he has continued to earn extensive recognition. Since 2017 he has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in the class of Professor Konrad Maria Engel. His former professors include Kyuhee Kim, Leda Kim and Thomas Just. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jakob Leuschner, Bob Versteegh and Robert Levin. Crucial influences on his artistic development include Stephan Imorde, Konstantin Heidrich, Stephan Forck and Jonathan Aner.

Jeonghwan has performed with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, with the Aarhus and Odense Symphony Orchestras, and has given concerts in major halls in Berlin, Weimar, Hamburg and Aarhus, among others.


2023 Competition Performances

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Thursday 6 July 2023, 8.30pm
Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Sunday 9 July 2023, 11.30am
Semi Final Round Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Wednesday 12 July 2023, 3.00pm
Semi Final Round Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music
Verbrugghen Hall
Friday 14 July 2023, 7.00pm
Final Round Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier
Concert Hall
Tuesday 18 July 2023, 8.00pm
Final Round Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto
Concert Hall
Saturday 22 July 2023, 2.30pm

2023 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 865

Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse in D♭ major Op.57

No.10 Regard de l’Esprit de joie

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 10 Variations on ‘Unser dummer Pöbel meint’ K.455

Passacaglia I
Passacaglia III
Toccata III
Passacaglia IV
Entrant in Composing the Future 2021 

Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital

I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit. Adagio – Allegro
III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente

No.1 Mehr langsam, oft zurückhaltend
No.2 Markiert und lebhaft
No.3 Mit großer Lebhaftigkeit
No.4 Ad libitum – Einfach

I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
IV. Vivace

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Largo
IV. Finale. Allegro

Gabriel Fauré: Romance Op.69

Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro

*cadenza by Jeonghwan Kim

Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto

I. Allegro
II. Adagio – Presto – Più adagio
III. Allegro molto