Instrumental success

10 May 2018

Instrumental success


First Aussie to study at elite Parisian school
Abigail Freeman


CASTLE Hill flautist Brian Kim is the first Australian to be accepted to study music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in France.

Mr Kim earned his position to study flute among 120 applicants selected from around the world to perform for two rounds of auditions in Paris in late February. Just four applicants were accepted.

“I was so proud of representing Australia (at the auditions),’’ Mr Kim said.

“It’s so far away and (the other applicants) were all very surprised when they heard that I was Australian.” The Trinity Grammar School graduate learned that he would be the first Australian to study at the conservatorium after he returned home from auditions in March and began to notify those who had taught him. Michael Scott, one of Mr Kim’s mentors who also studied flute at the conservatorium and held positions at Orchestra of the Australian Opera and the Sydney Opera House, told Mr Kim he was the only Australian resident to attend the school before him. Mr Scott said because he was British-born,

Mr Kim was the first Australian- born flautist to attend. Mr Kim was given five weeks to prepare two set pieces for the first round of auditions. For the second round, he had to play one set piece that was originally written for a conservatorium graduation ceremony and a reading exercise that required Mr Kim to play three pages of music after looking at it for just three minutes.

At the school, it is tradition for the names of accepted applicants to be announced in person.

When Mr Kim heard his name called, he first felt disbelief. “But I only came to my senses when people around me were congratulating me. It was a rollercoaster of emotions.”

Five judges unanimously agreed upon Mr Kim’s acceptance to the school. Mr Kim said he was proud of that but also to represent Australia when he moves to Paris in August.

“To be the first of something is something to be proud of,’’ he said.

Hills Shire Times – 17 April 2018

Photo – Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2017