South Korea-born Konu Kim is the last winner of Opera International Competition (presided over by the greatest start Placido Domingo).
Kim began his musical education at the age of 6, playing piano and violin. He studied voice at Kyung-hee University in Seoul and finished his studies with a Bachelor’s in Voice Music, and a Master’s in Musicology. During his period of study, he served 2 years in the Korean Military Academy Band. He continued his education at the Korea National Opera Academy. He was then transferred to the residence of German study. He is now living near Frankfurt, Germany, where he is preparing for activities in Europe.
While studying at The Korea National Opera Academy, he made his professional opera debut at the Seoul Art Center as Giudice in "Un Ballo in Maschera". Since then, he has participated in other Opera productions such as Pong in "Turandot" at the Seoul Art Center. He has a lot of experience in small and large Concert in Seoul. In October 2015, he debuted in The Korea National Opera in the leading role (Nadir) of the opera 'Les Pecheurs de Perles’ and the opera 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' at the Landestheater Rudolstadt, Germany in February, 2016. Keon-woo has already won several competitions in his native country, including The Korea National Opera Competition.
He was also a laureate of the International Opera Singing Competition of Marmande (France) in 2014, as well as the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico "G.B.Rubini"(Italy), Grandi Voci (Austria), International Moniuszko Vocal Comptition (Poland), Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico “Zandonai”(Italy) and Concorso Internazionale di Canto "Marcelo Giordani"(Italy). He also recently proved that he is a rising newcomer by having taken First prize in the 2015 Montreal International Music Competition (Canada) and Second Prize in the 2016 Seoul International Music Competition (Korea).