By winning the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich 2017 (Second Prize, BR Klassik Prize, no first prize was given) Kyeong Ham has established himself as part of an emerging generation of internationally recognized oboists.
A native South Korean, he started playing the oboe in Seoul where he grew up, and when he was 15, he moved to Germany to persue his studies with Nicholas Daniel at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and later at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Dominik Wollenweber. At the age of only 20 he became a scholarship holder of the Berlin Philharmonic's Herbert von Karajan Academy (2013-15) where he was taught by Jonathan Kelly.
His talent and endeavour in oboe were proven with numerous prizes, including his stunning first prizes at the Richard Lauschmann International Oboe Competition in Mannheim (2009), Tchaikovsky Conservatory International Winds and Percussion Competition in Moscow (2010), Iris Marquardt Prize (2010), International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Lódz, Poland (2011). In April 2013 Kyeong Ham was named the winner at the Muri International Oboe Competition in Switzerland, where he received not only first prize but also audience prize, and the Heinz Holliger special prize from Holliger himself.
As a soloist, Kyeong has appeared with numerous leading orchestras, such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Argovia Philharmonic, Ensemble CHAART, Izmir State symphony.
He is also frequently asked to play as guest principal oboe with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Konzerthaus Berlin, Seoul Philharmonic, etc.
He has an affinity for chamber music and regularly invited to play at prestige chamber music festivals around the world, such as Kuhmo (Finland), Davos (Switzerland), Ostfriesland (Germany), Zeven Bruggenkwartier (Netherland) and is a founding member of the Veits Woodwind Quintet, which was awarded second prize at the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. The quintet's first recording was released in 2016 on the ARS label.
Kyeong served solo english horn at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and principal oboe at the State Opera Hannover.
Since 2016/17 season Kyeong Ham holds the position of second oboe and english horn at the prestige Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam which brings him all over the world performing in exciting venues under the baton of the greatest conductors.
Kyeong plays Marigaux 901 oboe.