Brian Kim. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Since winning the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship in August, flautist Brian Kim commenced his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. A rare achievement, he is the first Australian flautist accepted for undergraduate studies at this well-respected music school.
Initially, Brian was selected from a pool of 120 flautists under 21 years of age from around the globe, and after the second round of auditions he was selected as one of the four participants to be offered a place at the school. When asked how he felt about this achievement, Brian had this to say:
"After a few moments, when other candidates were congratulating me, I came to my senses and was overcome with joy, pride and excitement! I am still feeling all those to this very moment."
Taught by international soloist, conductor and professor of flute and chamber music, Professor Philippe Bernold, Brian is truly learning from the best in his field.
"Philippe Bernold is all about the music and bringing out its nuances. He has countless brilliant ideas and he is very logical in explaining them so I’m having a pleasant time absorbing his teaching. Can’t wait to continue learning!!!" he said.
Some of the most famous French composers, including Claude Debussy and Georges Bizet are alumni and whilst his four year studies, conducted in French, comes with its challenges for Brian, he is really thriving at the school.
"I have settled in well and am really enjoying my time here! I am finding the musical training very tough as I haven’t done much sight-singing or sight-rhythm before. I’ve also heard that the French place huge significance in this area and require all students to have a very high standard!" he said.
Being surrounded by other dedicated musicians and mentors additionally keeps Brian motivated on his path as a performer and musician.
"I’ve made quite a few friends and its just an amazing feeling to be surrounded by such great musicians who all love music. It’s a great supportive atmosphere," he explained.