Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim is a founding member of enhake, the award-winning clarinet-violin-cello-piano quartet in its 10th season and with the group, Kim has toured throughout the world, most notably at NYC's Weill Recital Hall, Osaka’s Izumi Hall, Seoul Arts Center, International ClarinetFest, and the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Series in Costa Rica under the auspices of the US Department of State.
Kim joined the music faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2017. He is regularly invited as a guest artist and teacher at world’s renowned institutions, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A native of South Korea, Dr. Wonkak Kim grew up in Seoul and Paris and moved to the United States at the age of 15. The same year, he began studying clarinet with Kenneth Lee, a disciple of the legendary pedagogue Leon Russianoff. Kim attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied clarinet with Donald Oehler and received degrees in Mathematics (BA) and Music (BM). He continued his graduate studies with Dr. Frank Kowalsky, earning MM and DM degrees at Florida State University. To learn more about Wonkak Kim, please visit his website: www.wonkak.com