Biography

Hailed by The New York Times for her “inexhaustible virtuosity”, clarinetist Yoonah Kim is rapidly earning recognition as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility.  A winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition—the first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years–this Korean-Canadian artist joins the ranks of prominent solo clarinetists discovered by CAG, including David Shifrin, Michael Collins, and David Krakauer.

Yoonah’s 2019-2020 schedule starts with a summer of music-making at Marlboro Music Festival, followed by solo and chamber music performances across North America and abroad. Highlights include concerto performances of Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with the Westshore Symphony Orchestra, and Eric Nathan’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Violin with Orchestra with the New England Philharmonic. This season also brings a new special project titled The Inner Voices with violist Dana Kelley and pianist Fei-Fei, featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.

Recent appearances include performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, the World Premiere of a new concerto by Eric Nathan for Violin and Clarinet, with violinist Stefan Jackiw and the New York Classical Players, as well as chamber music at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Also special performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with the JCT Trio at Princeton University and the Crypt in New York City. The 2019-2020 season also brings a new special project titled The Inner Voices with violist Dana Kelley and pianist Fei-Fei, featuring the music of Schumann and Brahms.

Other past career highlights include her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and appearances on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series, Washington Performing Arts’ Music in the Country series, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock and Union County Performing Arts Center (NJ).  She also appeared as concerto soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony (Maryland), and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra (Chicago).

Yoonah is currently based in New York City.

Audio

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 120, No. 2, Allegro appassionato

Stravinsky: Three Pieces For Clarinet Solo, II

Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera

Stravinsky: Three Pieces For Clarinet Solo, III

Donald Martino: A Set for Solo Clarinet, Adagio

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, FP 184, Allegro tristamente

Video

  • See video J. Brahms Clarinet Sonata in Eb - 3rd movement

    J. Brahms Clarinet Sonata in Eb - 3rd movement

  • See video  Clara Schumann - Three Romances Op22 for clarinet and piano 1st Movement

    Clara Schumann - Three Romances Op22 for clarinet and piano 1st Movement

  • See video  Clara Schumann Three Romances Op22: Movement II

    Clara Schumann Three Romances Op22: Movement II

  • See video  Clara Schumann Three Romances Op22: Movement II

    Clara Schumann Three Romances Op22: Movement II

Press

  • Quotes

    “…the alternating alarms and chirps, both chilling and playful, in “Abyss of the Birds,”

    a lengthy solo played with inexhaustible virtuosity by Ms. Kim.”

    -The New York Times

    “Kim’s performance of the third movement, “Abyss of birds,” for solo clarinet, explores instrumental possibilities I scarcely knew existed. Has a clarinetist ever held a note that long before, or with greater effect? At one point, I felt as though a sonorous note entered my right ear, transformed the grey matter in my brain, and exited in a blaze of fire through the left. This isn’t music: it’s chemical transformation.”

    Broad Street Review

     

    “…endless silken tone…Kim came through with a full and ringing clarinet sound.”

    —Albany Times Union

     

    “…rhythmic vivacity and…great sensitivity.”

    —The Strad

     

    “Yoonah Kim took all the score’s demands in stride, displaying great subtlety as she fined her clarinet-voice down to a thread… virtuoso performance”

    —Oberon’s Grove

     

    “She is one of the most dynamic, imaginative and exciting clarinet soloists performing before the public today.”

    Charles Neidich

     

    “Clarinetist Yoonah Kim…gave a colorful reading…filled with swagger…”

    The Observer, Sarasota, FL

     

  • Reviews

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    COPLAND Clarinet Concerto for Strings, Harp and Piano

    CORIGLIANO Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1977)

    DEBUSSY Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra (1909-10)

    MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

    ARTIE SHAW Concert for Clarinet and Orchestra

    SPHOR Double Concerto for Violin, Clarinet and String Orchestra (2019)
    **written for Ms. Kim and Stefan Jackiw, violin

    SPHOR
    Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in E minor, WoO 20

    J. STAMITZ Clarinet Concerto in B-flat Major

    WEBER Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor, Op. 73
    Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 74
    Clarinet Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26