Brian Kim performing at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Multi award winning Sydney Eisteddfod flautist alum and rising instrumental star, Brian Kim represented Australia at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in St Petersburg in June where he performed JS Bach’s solo Partita in A Minor and Vladimir Tsybin’s Concert Allegro No 2 for flute and piano in the woodwind competition.
As the only Australian musician selected, Brian has found the entire experience an “absolute honour” and found it difficult to contain his excitement, playing at the “breathtakingly beautiful” Repino Hall by the great Valery Gergiev.
Brian, at the age of only 20 is no stranger to competition, having taken out a host of awards in Australia, including the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship in 2018, the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2016, and the Young Artist Competition at the Australian Flute Festival in both 2015 and 2013. At Sydney Eisteddfod in 2014 he took out a trifecta, winning events for under 15s, under 18s, and under 25s. He has also been a regular prize-winner at the NSW Flute Society Eisteddfod, which now presents the Brian Kim Inspiration Award, thanks to his donation.
While he has not made it through to the semi-finals this time, Brian has taken away a great deal from the experience and has made great friends! He was “wowed” by the level of maturity and charisma in the playing of his distinguished peers, especially one, Lola Descours (bassoon).
We caught up with Brian at the airport on his way home to Australia to perform again at the semi-finals of the Australian Flute Festival Competition at the Sydney Conservatorium Recital Hall West this Friday, 5th July at 7pm.
This prestigious competition is close to Brian’s heart as he has found the flute community of Sydney (and Australia) to be so supportive and welcoming and is looking forward to playing again with his friends and peers.
On his reflections of Sydney Eisteddfod, Brian says, “Winning prizes is really nice and you get a good feeling inside but looking back at it now, it’s really the journey of preparing for the Eisteddfod that I’m most happy about. I got so much out of preparing for the Sydney Eisteddfod each year, and I would say the progress I made is the most valuable thing about participating in the Eisteddfod for me.”
If you can’t wait until Friday, you can see Brian perform today at St Pauls Church, Burwood at a 1.15pm recital playing Carl Vine’s sonata for flute and piano and the Widor’s Suite.
Sydney Eisteddfod wish him the very best of luck in the semi-finals of the Australian Flute Competition on Friday!