Seikyo Kim is the Principal Conductor of the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen (Flanders Symphony Orchestra) in Bruges, Belgium since 2010/11. One of
Japan's leading conductors, Seikyo Kim is also Principal Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Yokohama, and Artistic Partner of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
Recent and future highlights among Seikyo Kim's guest conductor engagements include the NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo
Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Century Orchestra and the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz.
His recent cycles of the Brahms and Beethoven symphonies with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, which have also been committed to disc, have attracted
unprecedented acclaim in Japanese music press.
Osaka-born Seikyo Kim moved to the USA at the age of 14. He trained at the New England Conservatory in Boston and then went on to study with Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood and Leopold Hager at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. He gave his debut in 1997 with the Osaka Symphony and was the 1998 winner of the prestigious International Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen.
Seikyo Kim now lives in Osaka.
His fascination for historically-informed performances led him to become a pioneer of this style in his native country, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Roger Norrington being particularly strong influences. This approach informs his work in repertoire ranging form Mozart through to Brahms, Mahler and Shostakovich.