Dr. Jungho Kim's professional career started out as a violinist in the Kyung-Ghi philharmonic orchestra in Seoul, Korea. It was in 2001 when he came to the USA to further his studies in violin performance and conducting. After completing two Master’s degrees at the University of Cincinnati in 2005, one in violin performance and another in orchestral conducting, he was brought to the attention of Xian Zhang, former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic and current Music Director of the La Verdi Orchestra in Milan, Italy. Zhang took Kim to serve as the Associate Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, a 90 year-old organization carrying out a major role in the cultural enrichment in Northwestern Iowa.
While gaining precious experience in the professional world which included collaborations with world-famous artists such as Phil Smith (former principal trumpet, NY Philharmonic, Artunian’s Concerto) and Huang Ruo (Composer, faculty at SUNY Purchase), engagements with other organizations were also a large part of his work. He has conducted the Northwestern Iowa Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, South Dakota All-State orchestra, and the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada (Pinchas Zukerman, Music Director) in workshops, master classes and guest conducting engagements.
Dr. Kim studied with Maestro Neil Varon at the Eastman School of Music and has had opportunities to study and work with other conductors including Kenneth Kiesler, Kurt Mazur, and Mark Gibson in the past. He completed his D.M.A., in Orchestral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music in May of 2015.
He is married to violinist Eunho Kim and has two sons.