Baritone GhiBong Kim, born in Daegu, Korea, received his Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance at Seoul National University. He continued his voice studies at “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory at Parma, Italy, which Renata Tebaldi and Claudio Abbado had attended. He graduated with the highest academic honor. He was a winner of the international competition, “Rocca delle Macie” in Siena, where Renato Bruson served as a judge. He was also a finalist at the Tito Schipa Voice Competition in Lecce and the Flaviano Lavo’ Competition in Piacenza. His major teachers were Sherrill Milnes and Inci Bashar.
Mr. Kim’s first professional appearance in Italy was as Cola in Paer’s Camilla at Teatro Regio di Parma. Following this success, he was consequently engaged to sing as Belcore in Elisir d’Amor, Marcello in La Boheme, and Rigoletto in Rigoletto. Other roles include Lucia (Di Lammermoor), Renato (Un Ballo In Maschera), and Valentine (Faust).
Since moving to the United States, Mr. Kim has been an active performer, not only in operas, but also as an oratorio soloist. Mendelssohn’s Oratorio 'Elijah' is his signature role. Mr. Kim made his Chicago debut as Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro at Chicago Chamber Opera with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. Other roles include Germont in La Traviata with the Elgin Opera and Morales in Carmen at the DuPage Opera Theater. In 2011, he performed Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with Elgin Choral Union and Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which was on air through WFMT Chicago Radio.
Mr. Kim gave solo and chamber concerts in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Paraguay, and South Korea. He taught as a voice faculty at Judson University, Elgin, Illinois, and currently serves as the music director at Alliance Fellowship Church, Hoffman Estates, IL.