Gihoon Kim was named BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 – 'winner Gihoon Kim rose highest with a velvet baritone capable of inspiring tears and awe.' The Guardian.
From South Korea, Kim has risen to prominence following a string of international competition successes, including winning Second Prize and the Audience Prize at Operalia 2019, and the Second Prize at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
This 2022/23 season, Gihoon Kim will make his US debut as Marcello in La bohème at Washington National Opera, followed by Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at Santa Fe Opera. Recent highlights include Marcello La bohème, at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Korea National Opera.
Future seasons will see series of exciting opera and concert debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dallas Opera and Danish Royal Opera, as well as galas and recitals across Asia, as well as his debut at Wigmore Hall.
Kim is a former member of the Junges Ensemble at Staatstheater Hannover which he joined after his studies with Kwan-dong Kim at the Yonsei University in Seoul.
The Guardian, June 2021
'Winner Gihoon Kim rose highest with a velvet baritone capable of inspiring tears and awe.'
BBC Music Magazine
'Gihoon has a Rolls Royce of a voice... he has breath control that goes on forever.'
The Arts Desk
'And what a voice... burnished and beautiful, what breath control.'