First prize winner of the Elizabeth Herbert Hobin Harp Competition in 1987, Kyunghee Kim-Sutre is recognized as one of the finest harpists of her generation. Consistently performing in the most prestigious of international venues, both as a soloist and in chamber music, the broad range of cultural backgrounds that comprises her education – Korean, French and American – beautifully color her extensive repertoire, from music by Dussek to that of living composers. She works with many of today’s most talented musicians, including Raphaël Oleg, Laure Colladant, Jocelyn Aubrun, Ronald Leonard, David Grimal, Michel Moragues, the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Ludwig Quartet and the Voce Quartet.
With Guillaume Sutre, she is first prize winner of the ‘Lily Laskine’ Chamber Music Competition in 1991, and for more than twenty years, she and Sutre have extensively explore and perform the relatively esoteric repertoire for violin and harp, thus renewing the tradition of the Salon de Musique, an intimate and lively concert format popular during the time of the creative and merry atmosphere of the Belle Époque.
Some of her recitals have been broadcast by the channel Muzzik (Festival Ravel, 1998), and by the Arte Channel (Flâneries Musicales in Reims, 1999). Her album of the Jan Ladislav Dussek and Sophia Corri Dussek Sonatas for Solo Harp has garnered critical acclaim and has quickly become a reference for that repertoire. Her new Sonarti CD, Joseph Woelfl: The Paris Years (1801-1805), featuring chamber works by the Austrian composer Joseph Woelfl, was lauded by musical critics, including the Diapason magazine with a 5 of Diapason.
Born in Seoul, Kyunghee Kim-Sutre began her musical studies at the age of eight and later entered Seoul National University where she studied with Kyo-Sook Lee. Accepted at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music, she became the student of Marilyn Costello (soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra) for four years. After graduating from Curtis, she pursued her musical education with Susan McDonald at The Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University and Brigitte Sylvestre at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique where she received a Premier Prix de Harpe à l’Unanimité.
Kyunghee Kim-Sutre plays a Lyon & Healy Style 11 Gold, as well as a rare 1904 instrument made by the famous French harp maker, Sébastien Érard, who invented the double-function pedal harp we know today.