Biography

Describing the artistry of violinist Hye-Jin Kim, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, The Strad lauded her “heart-stopping, unrivalled beauty” of sound and her “supremely musical playing, well-thought out, yet of the moment.” Ms. Kim’s sensitivity to the expressive and contextual components of the violin repertoire enables her to transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, and this remarkable musical depth and passion brought her to international prominence when she was awarded First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition at the age of nineteen.

Ms. Kim has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Christoph Eschenbach and the New Jersey Symphony with Gerard Schwarz, as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), and Hannover Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in major venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin 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. 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 US 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, and Prussia Cove, 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 then 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 Assistant 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.

 

Audio

Janacek: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Con Moto

Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantella, Op.16

Chopin (arr. Nathan Milstein): Nocturne in C-Sharp minor

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, Vorspiel: Allegro moderato (Excerpt)

Debussy: Violin Sonata in G Minor, Allegro vivo

Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6, Waltz

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2, Allegro

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Blues (Moderato)

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op.46, Finale; Allegro guerriero

Press

  • Quotes

    “…pinpoint accuracy, impressively drilled runs and a generous dash of communicative dazzle…excellent technique, deep musicianship and a gratifying taste for off-the-beaten-track repertoire.”
    -Palm Beach Daily News

    “…heart-stopping and unrivaled beauty… This was supremely musical playing, well-thought out, yet of the moment.”
    -The Strad

    “…it was her superb interpretation of the fantasy’s old Scottish melodies, by turns lyrical, joyful, and dazzling, that won the hearts of her audience.”
    -Classical Voice of North Carolina

    “Simply put, the best performances of Bach and Mozart… Her Bach was absolutely sublime.”
    – Helsinki Daily

    “…her presence and her assuredness…show maturity beyond her years.”
    – San Francisco Classical Voice

    “Kim played with marvelous accuracy, perfectly drilled runs and a sizable helping of all-out show biz.”
    -Palm Beach Arts Paper

    “Hye-Jin Kim is a beautiful violinist. The beauty of her playing is not only the technique but a total sincerity and honesty from her heart.”
    – Mitsuko Uchida

    “Hye-Jin Kim is a superb violinist and a wonderful musician. She plays with tremendous commitment, understanding and passion. She manages to convey a very personal view of the music and her playing of lyrical passages is particularly touching. In other words, she is a real artist.”
    – Miriam Fried

  • Reviews

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    J.S. BACH: Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
    SAMUEL BARBER: Concerto, Op. 14*
    BELA BARTOK: Concerto No. 1, BB 48a
    BELA BARTOK: Concerto No. 2, BB 117
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto in D Major, Op. 61*
    ALBAN BERG: Violin Concerto
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Serenade (after Plato’s Sympsioum)
    JOHANNES BRAHMS: Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    MAX BRUCH: Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
    MAX BRUCH: Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 44
    MAX BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major, Op. 46
    ANTONIN DVORAK: Concerto in A minor, Op. 53*
    ANTONIN DVORAK: Romance, Op. 11
    ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV: Concerto in A minor, Op. 82*
    FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major
    FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN: Concerto No. 4 in G Major
    ARAM KHACHATURIAN: Violin Concerto in D minor
    EDOUARD LALO: Symphonie Espagnole
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 1 in B- flat Major K. 207
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
    ASTOR PIAZZOLLA: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19*
    SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
    JEAN SIBELIUS: Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    LOUIS SPOHR: Concerto No. 8 in A minor, Op. 47
    IGOR STRAVINSKY: Concerto in D Major
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
    HENRI VIEUXTEMPS: Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37
    GIOVANNI BATTISTA VIOTTI: Concerto No. 22 in A minor
    GIOVANNI BATTISTA VIOTTI: Concerto No. 23 in G Major
    ANTONIO VIVALDI: Four Seasons
    HENRYK WIENIAWSKI: Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

  • Programs

    PROGRAM #1

    Bach: Sonata for Violin and Keyboard No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
    Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
    -INTERMISSION-
    Bach: Chaconne from Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
    Saint-Saens: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75

    Program II: “Variations”

    Olivier Messiaen: Theme and Variations
    Saint-Saens/Ysaÿe: Caprice After the Study in the Form of a Waltz
    Franz Schubert: Fantasie in C Major, D.934

    Program III: “The Bard to Britten: Celebrating Britten’s England”

    (optional dramatic readings possible between works)
    Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor
    Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
    -INTERMISSION-
    Erich W. Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11
    Benjamin Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6