Hye-Jin Kim - Violin
Known for her musical sensitivity and deeply engaging performances that transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, violinist Hye-Jin Kim leads a versatile career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician since her First Prize win at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of nineteen and a subsequent win at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Kim has performed as soloist with major orchestras worldwide including the Philadelphia, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, BBC Concert (UK), Seoul Philharmonic (Korea), Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), and Hannover Chamber (Germany) orchestras. She has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, the Kravis Center, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss, St. John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall in London.
Ms. Kim crafts recital programs that reflect her love of literature and musical story telling, and this gift has led her to appear on notable recital series including the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Melbourne Chamber Music Society, Nantucket Concert Series, and Pepperdine University Center for the Performing Arts. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she performed at the U.N. Headquarters in Geneva and New York. Ms. Kim has also served as a cultural representative for Korea in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan through concert and outreach engagements.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Kim has toured throughout the U.S. with Musicians from Marlboro and the United Kingdom with Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. Her festival appearances include Four Seasons, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Music at Menlo, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards chamber music festivals and she is a member of the Cooperstown Quartet with violinist Ara Gregorian, violist Maria Lambros, and cellist Michael Kannen.
Ms. Kim’s debut CD, From The Homeland, was released in 2014 on CAG Records to much acclaim: “Kim’s playing is superb – warm, polished, expressive…this program gives you a particularly rewarding hour of enjoyment” (American Record Guide). The disc features music by Debussy, Sibelius, Smetana, and Janacek in a collaboration with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Hye-Jin Kim began her violin studies with Dong-Hyun Kim at age 8 and subsequently studied with Ik-Hwan Bae and Dong-Suk Kang. At age 14, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian, and earned her Master’s degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory as a recipient of NEC’s prestigious Emma V. Lambrose Presidential Scholarship. She is currently Associate Professor of Violin at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) where she founded and directs the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute. She plays a Gioffredo Cappa violin, crafted in Saluzzo, Italy in 1687.
Beyond her musical activities, Ms. Kim enjoys traveling and exploring her love of literature as she tours the homes and haunts of the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, C.S. Lewis, and the like. Her other passion is baseball, and her years at Curtis made her a hardcore fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.