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Stefan Koim, born in 1986 in Hamm, Westphalia, Germany, began his musical education at the Municipal Music School in Hamm, guided and encouraged by his teacher, Bernd Kortenkamp. From 2004 to 2006 he studied concurrently with school, at the International Guitar Academy Koblenz in the class of Professor Hubert Käppel.
In October 2006, after completing his high school final exams, he began a double music studies program with majors in Music Education and Instrumental Performance Pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in the class of Professor Hubert Käppel. In the context of the European exchange program ERASMUS, he studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria from October 2009 to June 2010 in the class of Professor Eliot Fisk. From October 2010 to July 2011 he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and at the Mozarteum Salzburg at the same time and he graduated with two Diplomas and one Bachelor degree (with distinction). After a one-year study at the New England Conservatory Boston, USA (class Prof. Eliot Fisk) within the scope of the Fulbright program, Stefan Koim returned to the Mozarteum University, Salzburg in 2012 and concluded there his Master of Arts degree with distinction. At the moment, Stefan Koim is completing his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg (class Prof. Jürgen Ruck/degree: Master of Music).
In addition to his university performances he has also regularly attended academies (e.g. Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena), guitar festivals and master courses given by renowned musicians such as Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Konrad Junghänel, Carlo Marchione, Zoran Dukic, Pavel Steidl and Han-anLiu.
Stefan Koim has won several national prizes in the "Jugend musiziert" competition in different categories. In 2013 he was semifinalist of the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” in Stuttgart and finalist of the prestigious international guitar competition in Gargnano.
Because of his versatility and his command of other instruments like electric guitar, banjo, charango, baroque guitar and archlute, Stefan Koim is invited to perform for world premieres, film scores and opera performances (e.g. Oper Köln, Mozarteum Salzburg). Concert tours have taken him to Russia, Italy (e.g. Composit New Music festival 2012), Switzerland, Austria, Denmark (Guitar+Festival 2013) and to the USA. Last year he opened, for instance, the famous BostonGuitarFest with a premiere. His debut CD "royal" with recordings of works Henzes, Brittens and Dowlands appears in 2014 with a German label.