Brian Kim

Brian Kim, winner of the 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards for Performance Excellence

An interview with Brian Kim

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We recently caught up with flautist Brian Kim, winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards for Performance Excellence in 2011. 

The Baulkham Hills resident said winning the Pollard Awards was a huge “kick-start” to his career, leading him to countless performance opportunities as well as taking part in other competitions and continuing on as a Sydney Eisteddfod participant in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Last year Brian was the overall winner of the NSW Secondary Schools Ku-ring-gai Concerto Competition and the Brisbane International Youth Music Festival Competition. 

What has been a highlight in your instrumental career so far? 

I’d have to say a highlight in my career so far would be performing the whole Concerto in D major by Mozart with the Ku-ring-gai Concerto at the prestigious Angel Place Concert Hall. It was my first time performing a whole concerto with an orchestra in a formal concert and the feeling was absolutely sublime. 

What projects do you have coming up? 

I am in my final year of high school this year, so I expect to prepare a few recordings and compositions. I have a few concerts booked throughout the year, one including a lunchtime recital at St Paul’s Church in Burwood on the 18th of April. Also, I will be preparing for auditions in hopes of continuing my musical studies at university. 

Do you have Any tips for 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod participants? 

My biggest tip is to have fun. When a performer really loves and enjoys the music he or she is playing, that always comes across to the audience. The passion and love are felt equally by the performer and the audience and I think this is one of the most important – if not the most important – aspect of performing.