Eunsung Kim | Photo: Matthias Eimer
Eunsung Kim was born in South Korea in 1984. After graduating from high school, he studied composition at Seoul National University under Prof. Tae Bong Chung. From 2012 to 2014 he studied under Prof. Michael Obst at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar in the master's programme and then took up graduate studies under Prof. Michael Obst and Dr Ulrich Kreppein. He attended master classes in composition with Toshio Hosokawa (as part of the 2018 TIMF Academy), Isabel Mundry, Younghi Pagh-Paan and Unsuk Chin.
In 2012 Kim won the second prize in the composition competition for the Martin Luther Decade in Bayreuth (the first prize was not awarded); in 2014 the first prize of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition in Berlin; and in 2015 the first prize in the composition competition of the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, for which his award-winning work was selected as a compulsory piece. In 2015 he also received the Thuringian Composition Prize, and the commissioned work was premiered in 2017 at a concert by the Thuringia Philharmonic Gotha.
Kim has been the recipient of a graduate scholarship, the Sondershausen Composition Scholarship and the Charlotte Krupp Scholarship. His works have been performed at the Witten Days for New Chamber Music, the ARKO Contemporary Orchestra Music Festival, the Festival for New Korean Music, and the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival, and his compositions have been played by various ensembles and orchestras, including Akademie Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Recherche, IEMA, KBS Orchestra, TIMF Ensemble and Aris Quartet.