Young-eon Kim graduated from the Seoul National University College of Music with a degree in Music Composition and studied conducting at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig, Germany. During his study in Leipzig, Kim took part in the seminar for conducting students led by the world-class conductor Fabio Luisi, musical director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and was selected in the final round to conduct Bartok’s “Divertimento for String Orchestra.” He also served as a chief conductor at the University of Kassel, located in Kassel, a city in Germany’s central region.
In 2006, a year after his return home in 2005, Kim conducted the TIMF Ensemble, the resident orchestra at the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), in the festival’s opening concert. In the same year, Kim conducted the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra in his debut concert with the orchestra. He also performed various contemporary pieces in the Festival of 21st Century Music, an original series of performances created by a collaboration between the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul National University College of Music. In 2007 and 2008, Kim was consecutively invited to conduct the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s ballet, the Nutcracker, which he did with success. In 2009, he participated in the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra’s complete Bruckner cycle, which followed its complete Mahler cycle, conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 1. Thereafter, he regularly assisted the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra through its regular and non-regular concerts.
In addition, Kim has assumed the baton at Konkuk University, Gachon University, Mokwon University, and Sunhwa Arts High School, and taught courses in conducting, keyboard harmony, and score reading at universities including Seoul National University, Korea National University of Arts, and Sungshin Women’s University. Furthermore, from 2005, Kim has made consistent efforts to expand the audience base for classical music by working with the Seoul Civic Symphony Orchestra, the country’s top non-professional orchestra composed of amateur musicians. He began his tenure as an associate conductor at the GSO in January, 2013.