Eun Sun Kim studied composition and conducting in Seoul and continued her training in Stuttgart where she graduated with distinction.
Immediately after graduation she was awarded First Prize at the “International Jesús López Cobos Opera Conducting Competition” and worked as assistant conductor at the Teatro Real in Madrid from autumn 2008 until summer 2010, assisting renowned conductors such as Jesús López Cobos, Jiri Belohlavek and Ivor Bolton.
In spring 2010 she gave her debut at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and at the Teatro Real with Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, followed by her very successful debut in the 2010/2011 season with Puccini’s La Boheme at the Oper Graz, where she was immediately reinvited for a concert just a few weeks later. Also, during that time the young conductor assisted famous colleagues like Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy and Simone Young, amongst others.
During the 2011/2012 season Eun Sun Kim conducted concerts with the local philharmonic orchestras in Stuttgart and Ulm and gave her debut in Meiningen with Wagner’s early opera Das Liebesverbot, followed by a philharmonic concert. In June 2012 she had her very successful debut at the Wiener Volksoper with Bizet’s Carmen, which resulted in an invitation for regular guest performances.
In autumn 2012 the conductor made her celebrated debut at the Oper Frankfurt with La Boheme, which led to her international breakthrough.
Subsequently Eun Sun Kim made her debut at the English National Opera in London with a new production of Die Fledermaus in fall 2013, followed by concerts in Nancy, Palermo and Torino. She conducted La Traviata at the Vienna Volksoper as well as at the Opera in Marseille, where she was also invited to conduct various concerts. In summer 2014 she led a new production of Tosca at the Macerata Opera Festival.
In autumn 2014 Eun Sun Kim conducted the highly praised new production of La Sonnambula at the Oper Frankfurt, followed by performances of Hänsel and Gretel and Die Fledermaus at the Wiener Volksoper.
On New Year’s Eve 2014 she led the semi-concertante production of Csardasfürstin at the Oper Frankfurt, as well as performances of Puccini’s La Boheme in the very same season. Concert engagements for the season 2014/2015 led her to Nancy and in summer 2015 she made her debut with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
In 2015/2016 she made her highly successful debuts at the Royal Opera Stockholm with Madama Butterfly and at the Semperoper Dresden with La Boheme. In October she made another important debut at the Staatsoper Berlin with Un ballo in maschera, followed by her debut at the Cologne Opera with the new production Lucia di Lammermoor at the end of the last season. At the Oper Frankfurt she condcuted Lehar’s Graf von Luxemburg and Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.
The current season has led her to the Royal Swedish Opera with Il Barbiere di Siviglia and to the Staatsoper Berlin with Madama Butterfly, which will be followed by Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Toulon, a new production of Carmen at the Den Norske Opera in Oslo and Ariadne auf Naxos and La Traviata once again at the Staatsoper Berlin. In addition to that, she will be conducting concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic.