Heni Hyunjung Kim was born in Seoul. She began studying clarinet with Willfried Roth-Schmidt at the Wuppertal division of the Cologne Music Academy at the age of 17 and received her diploma with distinction. She then returned to Korea, concentrating on her work as a freelance musician, both as a soloist and in various ensembles. As a member of a contemporary music ensemble, she has worked with many Korean composers and participated in many world premieres. This awakened her interest in New Music, and she returned to Germany to dedicate herself to the study of New Music.
In 2011 she began to study for a Master’s degree in New Music at the Folkwang University of the Arts, where Günter Steinke, Bernhard Wambach and Manfred Lindners were her teachers, and she completed this in 2013 with distinction. In 2013 she also won the Interpretation Prize for “Mikrophonie I” at the Stockhausen Courses in Kürten as a member of the Folkwang Modern Ensemble. She also participated in various festivals and projects, including the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, the ‘NOW’ Festival in Essen, and the Ensemble Academy Freiburg with Ensemble recherche. Among her collaborations with composers, Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim should be mentioned, whose works she has been performing regularly since 2013. She has also attended several master classes, e.g. with François Benda, Ernesto Molinari and Wolfgang Mäder.
Heni H. Kim has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Germany and Korea, e.g. the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, the Wuppertal Music Academy Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic’s Chamber Symphony Orchestra (supported by the Elisabeth and Bernhard Weik Foundation) and the Kwangmyung Symphonic.
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