Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting young player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. In 2014, he joined the faculty of New England Conservatory. Mr. Kim is an International Visiting Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, and has previously taught at Peabody Conservatory, Yale University and Stony Brook University.
At the age of 20 he captured first prize in the Paganini International Competition and subsequently was the recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. Now Mr. Kim enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor as well as big Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives with duo partner Jeremy Denk, and new world-premiere works almost every season.
Soovin Kim performs as 1st violinist of the Johannes String Quartet. The quartet recently toured together for two seasons with the famed and now-retired Guarneri String Quartet in an unusual program that included world-premieres of quartets by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Derek Bermel, and an octet by William Bolcom. Mr. Kim maintains a close relationship with the famed Marlboro Music Festival where he often spends his summers. He is well-known in Korea as a member of MIK, his ground-breaking piano quartet ensemble.
Soovin Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in 2009 in Burlington, Vermont. After only two years the festival has already established a reputation as one of the finest in the U.S. Mr. Kim studied when he was younger at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein, and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with Victor Danchenko and Jaime Laredo.