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Award-winning pianist Dasol Kim coming to UGA


Dasol Kim posing next to a piano.

ATHENS, Ga. —UGA Presents is bringing award-winning pianist Dasol Kim to Athens Jan. 15 for a 7:30 p.m. recital in Ramsey Concert Hall. He will perform a program of works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Chopin.

A native of Busan, South Korea, Kim moved to Germany to study at the age of 15. He has won the top prize at prestigious competitions around the world, including the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, the 2011 Epinal International Piano Competition in France and the 2010 Young Concerts Artists European Auditions in Leipzig. In 2017, he won the John Giordano Jury Chairman Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Among Kim’s adventurous musical endeavors are all 24 Chopin preludes on a single program and the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in Switzerland and Korea over a four-year period. As a concerto soloist, he has given critically acclaimed performances with the New York Philharmonic in Seoul, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and Belgium National Orchestra, among others.

Following a performance in Germany, the critic for Friedrichshafen Herald wrote: “The young man surely would have been celebrated as a pop star back in the 19th century as a magician of the keyboard. He possessed an impressive palette of moods, and merely watching him was breathtaking.”

Kim served as the first artist-in-residence at Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, a position launched with him in mind. His debut recording, Dasol Kim Plays Schumann, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2015.

Tickets for Dasol Kim’s Athens recital are $30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

The concert is supported by Wayne A. and Linda Kirk Fox.

Ramsey Concert Hall is located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.