Yongjae Kim is the Music Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Sinfonietta. He is regarded as a leader who motivates and captivates his audience by communicating an artistic vision and interpretation. He received his BA from the Korea National University of Arts and his MA from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Russia, under the guidance of Avangard Fedotov and Volkov Mikolay.
Mr. Kim has served as Professor of Conducting at California Arts University and is also the music director of Hayfield Conservatory of Music. He is a past winner of the Adrian Gnam International Conducting Competition and winner of the 2018 Pierre Monteux Grand Prize of the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Competition. He has had performances across the United States, including concerts in Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall, Wilshire Ebell Theater, Zipper Hall), San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Chicago, and Washington DC (Kennedy Center). Internationally, Mr. Kim has been highly visible, with performances at Fesco Hall in Vladivostok, Russia; Sydney, Australia; Kuala Lumpur; Singapore; Auckland, New Zealand; Saipan; Manila; Hiroshima, Japan; and Sejong Hall and Seoul Arts Center, South Korea. He has guest conducted the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Dosan Philharmonic Orchestra, and SMICI Chamber Orchestra, and he was invited to conduct and perform at the 2013 International Festival of Orchestras in Paraguay and 2018 Orquesta Sinfonica del Chaco in Argentina.
Mr. Kim conducts over 30 concerts annually for local communities. He has received The President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal, along with numerous awards from Assembly members, City Councilors, and the Mayor. He was a guest conductor for the Peace Concert presented by Korea Broadcasting System in 2016.
Maestro Kim has been the music director and conductor for the Moments of Music Foundation’s Derek H. Jones, MD Concerto Competition for Amateurs & Teachers for the past three years.