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Mr. Higgin Kim graduated Miami Univ. in 1969 and achieved an honorary doctorate in 2002. He has been in construction, engineering and real estate development field since 1979 under the name of Byucksan Engineering.
He is known as modest philanthropist in many cultural fields as well as missionary work; Chair of Membership Society of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korea Festival Ensemble, Sejong Soloists based in NYC, Board of Korea Mecenat Association, Arts Council Korea.
As a patron of the Stradivari Society, he has been a devoted patron for talented artists, by lending music instruments (ANTONIO STRADIVARI, Cremona 1683-‘Cobbett’, PIETRO GUARNERI, Mantua 1710-‘Posner’, MATTEO GOFFRILLER, Venice 1707-‘Munroe’ ) for free to improve their skills. He later founded Byucksan Cultural Foundation and started the “NEXT Classic Project”, which showcases free classical music performances to high school students across the country to convey the significance of arts.
He received the ‘Mecenat Figure Award’ by Korea Mecenat Association in 2011 and the 22nd Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2013. And he is an only Korean nominated at the Art Basel, Global Patrons Council(GPC).