Bumjun Kim was born in South Korea in 1994 and grew up in France. He began playing cello under the guidance of Paul Julien and Xavier Gagnepain. He studied with Philippe Muller at CNSM Paris, Peter Bruns in Leipzig, Troels Svane at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and Jérôme Pernoo in Paris.
Bumjun has won many international prizes and is a laureate of the Adami, Safran, L’Or du Rhin and Banque Populaire foundations. He has been invited to perform at many European and Asian festivals, including the Radio France Festival, the Festival Roque d’Anthéron, the Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo in Monaco, the Seiji Ozawa Festival in Matsumoto, the Folles Journées in Nantes and Tokyo and the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea.
He has played at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Bozar in Brussels, Foundation Louis Vuitton and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie and Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood.
In 2018, Bumjun founded the Arnold Trio, which is in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris. The trio’s 2020 CD was awarded a Diapason d’Or and a Trophée Radio Classique.
He currently plays a 1916 French cello by Sébastien-Auguste Deroux.