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BEN is recipient of the Rheingau Musik Festival's 2017 LOTTO Career Development Prize. The international jury panel made its decision upon the following stated reasons: "His brilliant technique and his incredible flair for interpretive refinement are exceptional phenomenon among pianists his generation - so much naturalness, sympathetic charisma and pleasant modesty, coupled with great virtuosity, are rarely experienced with a leading musician." Read further details in German and English.

"a downright europhoric interpretation, full of vitality" SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"without nervousness or over-excitement, without boasting technique or exaggeration, Kim plays Chopin's music as if he were breathing it. A superb pianist" RECORD GEIJUTSU

"unaware of his own merits, Kim places himself in the middle of the if it were being created at that very moment" BERLINER ZEITUNG

"a strong and innovative interpretation of the first rank" RUHR NACHRICHTEN

"sparks were flying from the keyboard. Substantially gifted" BALTIMORE SUN