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Anthony Do-Hoon Kim 

Pianist | Teacher | Conductor 

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Anthony Do-Hoon Kim

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Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Anthony Do-Hoon Kim is a versatile conductor and music educator with a vast experience of performing throughout North America. In 2013, he became a conductor of the San Diego Youth Symphony, one of the largest youth orchestra organizations in the United States with a rich 77-year history. Over his decade of service with SDYS, he has directed Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Overture Strings, and Debut Strings. In addition to his conducting duties, he also taught chamber music at the Balboa Park Conservatory Program, and taught orchestras at the Community Opus Project (El Sistema).


Off the podium, Mr. Kim is a sought-after piano pedagogue, teaching alongside his partner and concert pianist, Jeeyoon Kim, as a member of the Kim & Kim Piano Academy in San Diego. He specializes in teaching young beginners and preparing them for a lifelong love of music. His advanced piano students have gone on to receive scholarships from the most prestigious piano programs in the nation, including Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.


Before his time at SDYS, Mr. Kim served as Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra and was the Founding Artistic Director of the Dead Composers Society at UC Santa Barbara. As a guest conductor, Mr. Kim performed with the University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, San Diego All-City Honor Orchestras, and Grossmont Union District Honor Orchestra. He has additionally served on the conducting staff of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, UCSB Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, South Coast Reading Orchestra, and the San Diego Summer Music Institute.


As a featured artist, Mr. Kim appeared both as a pianist and conductor on Southern California’s Classical KDB 93.7 FM, as well as the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (PBS). As a passionate advocate of new music, he has led numerous world premieres of works by living composers, including music by Hans Zimmer from the motion picture, Inception. He is a devoted champion of music education, frequently serving as an adjudicator for arts organizations throughout the state of California.


As a visiting clinician, Mr. Kim has conducted and worked with orchestral programs at the San Diego State University, The Colburn School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Kadima Conservatory of Music, David's Harp Foundation, Casa de Amistad of Solana Beach, Fortissimo Orchestra of San Marcos, and VAPA programs at the San Diego Unified School District.


Mr. Kim was awarded Conducting Fellowships at the Pierre Monteux School and the Conductors Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Michael Jinbo and Harold Farberman, respectively. He has also performed in masterclasses and received training from artists including Leon Fleisher, Gustav Meier, Yuval Yaron, and the Juilliard String Quartet. He is a recipient of multiple career grants from the Léni Fé Bland Foundation and has won first prize awards in piano from the Music Teachers National Association and Saddleback Symphony Young Artist competitions.


Anthony Do-Hoon Kim received his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Kenneth Kiesler. He also holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a student of Charles Asche. As a graduate instructor at UCSB, he taught undergraduate instrumental conducting courses under the guidance of Richard Rintoul. Equally prolific as a pianist, he received the Ernö Daniel Memorial Award for Distinguished Performance and was recognized as the UCSB Department of Music Outstanding Graduate of the Year in 2010.


Growing up in Southern California, Mr. Kim studied piano with Kay Etheridge, Nakyong Chai, Jungeun Kim, and performed as a violinist with the Irvine and San Diego Youth Symphonies.

What Students Say

Reviews from students
"I struggle to find words to describe your work with the music students... the musical expression, phrasing, dynamics, precision, and sensitive interpretation of all of the selections, still gives me a lump in my throat. The students had an experience of a lifetime that they will always carry with them. What a princess gift! So much of what you did needs to be happening in our music classrooms." - Ann Marie Haney, Community Council for Music in the School
5 star reviews about Dr. Kim Piano Academy
"Over the years, I've seen Mr. Kim teach five year old beginners with laughter and excitement, and I've also seen him teach 18 year old advanced pianists to perform like professional level virtuosos. He has a natural ability to see each student for exactly who they are and giving them what they need, both at the artistic and intellectual levels. In the end, the results speak for themselves. His students perform with profound beauty and artistic maturity one would not expect from a young musician. I am grateful to have my two children learn from Mr. Kim." - James L.
What students say about Dr. Kim
"Mr. Kim has been a life-changing influence for my daughter, not only as her piano teacher, but as a mentor and guide in how to live a creative and fulfilling life. His passion for teaching shines through in every lesson and it made a real difference in the way my daughter thought of her musical journey. Music making has become a true pride and joy of her life." -  Julie M.

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