Co-Principal Oboe of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Joint Winner of ARD Competition 2017
Kyeong Ham has earned his reputation as one of the most talented and engaging oboist of his generation. Born (1993) and bred in Seoul, South Korea, he has been living in Europe ever since he was 15. for him the Oboe is not merely a musical instrument to play. It is a bridge to meet various artists, and it is an inspiration for him. It hurt at times but it also became a bandage that heals the pain in the meantime. he's been thinking about the role of an art since his childhood. in a way, art is useless, It is not necessary for survival.. especially in today's society, there are many aspects where human instinct is just to survive. but he believes that for those with the similar profession as him are relatively free, so he feels as a musician/artist certain responsibility to give an audience member or public an opportunity to escape from the reality.
By winning the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich 2017 (Second Prize ex-aequo, BR Klassik Online Prize, No first prize was given)
Kyeong Ham has established himself as one of the most engaging and outstanding oboist of his generation.
He started playing the oboe in Seoul where he grew up. At the age of 15 he relocated to Germany to pursue his studies with Nicholas Daniel at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen. and later at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Dominik Wollenweber. at the age of 20 he became a Scholarship holder of the Herbert von Karajan Academy of Berlin Philharmonic where he was taught by Jonathan Kelly.
His talent and endeavour in oboe were proven with numerous prizes, including his stunning First Prizes at the Richard Lauschmann International Oboe Competition in Mannheim (2009), Tchaikovsky Conservatory International Winds and Percussion Competition in Moscow (2010), Iris Marquardt Prize (2010), International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Lódz, Poland (2011). In April 2013 Kyeong Ham was named the winner at the Muri International Oboe Competition in Switzerland, where he received not only First Prize but also Audience Prize from the impressive margin in the final round, and the Heinz Holliger Special Prize from Holliger himself.
As a soloist, Kyeong has appeared with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Argovia Philharmonic, Ensemble CHAART.
He is also frequently asked to play as guest principal oboist with many European leading orchestras, such as Bergen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He has an affinity for chamber music and regularly invited to play at prestige Chamber Music Festivals around the world. such as Kuhmo (Finland), Davos (Switzerland), Ostfriesland (Germany), Molyvos (Greece), Zeven Bruggenkwartier (Netherland). and is a founding member of the Veits Woodwind Quintet, which was awarded Second prize at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen in 2015. the quintet's first recording was released in 2016 on the ARS label.
Kyeong served as Solo English horn at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and principal oboe at the State Opera Hannover.
At age 23 Kyeong won the position of second oboe and english horn at the prestige Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and worked for two seasons which brought him all over the world performing in exciting venues (such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie Paris..etc) under the baton of the greatest conductors.
Currently Kyeong holds the position of
Co-Principal Oboe of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki. and He is also a part time tutor at the Sibelius Academy University of Arts Helsinki.
His debut Album `TAWO´ with internationally acclaimed pianist Yeoleum Son, is to be released in February 2020
on 7 Mountain Records (features works by Skalkottas, Hindemith, Dorati, Norman, Salonen, Haas)
Kyeong plays Marigaux M2 oboe.
04.February - A.Marcello Oboe Concerto
J.S.Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV.1060
Kuopio City Symphony Orchestra
Kyeong Ham, Oboe
Jaakko Kuusisto, Conductor, Violin
Kuopio Music Centre, Concert Hall
10.February - Maija Hynninen Oboe Concerto (World Premiere)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Kyeong Ham, Oboe
Anna-Maria Helsing, Conductor
Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
18.February - Solioquy-Jennifer Higdon for English Horn and String Quartet
D'Rivera: Aires tropical for Woodwind Quintet
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
4.March - G.Silvetrini Six Etude pour Hautbois
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
22.-25. March -
Valery Gergiev, Conductor
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