Jeongmin Kim | Photo: Marco Loumiet
Jeongmin Kim works at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Germany, and with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, as Referentin to the Intendant Michael Becker. Besides providing overall support to the Intendant’s varied tasks, she is also actively involved in the artistic planning of the venue and orchestra, and oversees the popular concert series “Ehring geht ins Konzert” as well as the biennial Schumann festival.
Jeongmin Kim enjoyed an international career as an orchestral violinist before turning to the arts administration. She was a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in her early twenties and has also played in the orchestras of major opera houses such as Munich and Berlin. She moved back to her native Seoul in 2006 as she joined the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as principal 1st violin during conductor Myung-Whun Chung’s tenure. She worked then as sub-principal second violin of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008, where she enjoyed the orchestra’s education and outreach projects just as much as international touring and the annual summer season at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Being part of the LPO’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee was another invaluable experience from her time with the orchestra.
Jeongmin Kim was artistic adviser and programmer of the “Korean Sound” series by the Korean Cultural Centre UK, which introduced Korean traditional music as well as notable Korean performers of classical music to the UK audience by juxtaposing music of the two cultures. She worked in the artist management team and then subsequently in the touring and projects department of the renowned international classical music agency HarrisonParrott.
Jeongmin Kim studied violin with Young Uck Kim in Detmold and with Thomas Brandis at the Berlin University of Arts, and completed a chamber music MA in Munich. She participated in the Association of British Orchestra’s leadership scheme “Find Your Way”, a 9-month programme of sector-specific mentoring, coaching and placements for senior and emerging managers. She divides her time between Düsseldorf and London and continues to play the violin.