Remembering Jooho Kim
Friday, May 31, 2013
ISPA is sad to announce the passing of Jooho Kim, CEO at Lotte Concert Hall, and recent ISPA June Congress Co-host in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Kim was an essential part of the ISPA Co-host team, and was instrumental in it's successful planning and implementation. He was among the first generation of arts administrators in Korea. Below is a full obituary for Mr. Kim.
Jooho Kim who is CEO at LOTTE Concert Hall, age 53,
passed away at his home on early Sunday morning, May 26, 2013. The cause was a sudden heart attack. He is
survived by his wife, Lee Hyo-Jin, a son, Kim Joon, and a daughter, Kim
Before he was appointed as the Chief Executive
Officer of the Lotte Concert Hall in March 2012, he was a president and CEO
at Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for three years.
At Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Jooho worked in close
collaboration with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, and during his tenure he has
been recognized with his successful leadership resulting in the orchestra’s
phenomenal growth. Major accomplishments include the first time ever
9-city-tour to Europe and a long term label contract with Deutsche
Gramophone, among many others.
joining SPO, Jooho has been engaged in arts administration sector for over
last 25 years, having started his first career at the Seoul Arts Centre in
1987. Upon his hands-on experiences for a full decade at the most prestigious
arts center in Korea, he then had taken a position of the General Manager at
the LG Arts Centre for the Performing Arts in 1997. His projects at LG Arts
Center were sensational especially in marketing and theater management
aspects, greatly contributing to the Theater Management field in Korea. He
then left LG Arts Center, and from 2002 to 2005, he worked as a Principal
Consultant on cultural policy at Metaa Consulting Inc. providing solutions
and strategies for arts and cultural institutions. In the following year,
Jooho Kim was assigned as the founding president and CEO of the KACES (Korean
Arts and Culture Education Service) for 3 years.
Jooho’s professional career expands beyond his main
position. Dedicating himself as a non-executive director, Jooho served as a
board member of KBS Symphony Orchestra. With his profound expertise in arts
and cultural affairs, he also devoted himself as the member of Arts Advisory
Committee under the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs, and the governor
of FACP (Federation for Asia Cultural Promotion).
For a year from 2007 to 2008, Jooho Kim was also a
member of cultural Committee of Korea National Commission for UNESCO. His
previous commitments include a member of National Curriculum steering
Committee with Ministry of Education of Human Resource Development and a
board member of Asian Arts Centre for Performing Arts.
Jooho Kim holds MA degree in Linguistics from Korea
University and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from City
University, London. His written works are ‘Music Business Hand Book’ (1998)
and ‘Arts Management’ (2002) and those are widely used as textbooks in
universities for arts majors.
Jooho Kim was one of first generation of art
administrators in Korea. He was a
leader, a teacher, a protector, a diplomat, a social servant, and a friend to
many artists and arts managers here in Korea and abroad as well. He will be