Heni Hyunjung Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She completed her Clarinet diploma studies with distinction at the Musikhochschule Köln, before going on to study “Master of Music Performance” and “Master in Contemporary Music” under Prof. Manfred Lindner, Prof. Günther Steinke and Prof. Bernhard Wambach at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen. 

In the year 2016/2017, she won a scholarship to the International Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt, focussing on contemporary music for the clarinet with Nina Janßen-Deinzer and Jaan Bossier.

In 2013 she was a member of Ensemble Folkwang Modern, who won the prize for interpretation performing Stockhausen’s “Mikrophonie I” at the Stockhausen courses in Kürten. Furthermore, she took part in numerous festivals and projects, including Manifeste2018 in Paris, Witterner Musiktage, Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, the International Summer Courses for Contemporary Music in Darmstadt, the KunstFestSpiele in Hannover, the ‘NOW’Festival in Essen and the ensemble Akademie Freiburg with ‘Ensemble Recherche’. She regularly works together and has collaborated with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Dieter Schnebel, Gehard Stäbler, Johannes Schöllhorn, Heiner Goebbels, Kunsu Shim, Gordon Kampe and many composers of the younger generation. 

Heni H. Kim’s wide range of accomplishments include solo performances with orchestras in Germany and in Korea, including the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, The Univeristy Orchestra of Wuppertal, Prague Philharmonic KSO (supported by Elisabeth and Bernhard Weik scholarship) and the Kwangmyung Symphony Orchestra. 

She performs frequently with a variety of ensembles and groups. She is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble S201, Ensemble hand werk and cosord, regular solo recitals and interdisciplinary collaboration with actors, video artists, dancers and composers.