Dami KIM

The recipient of a number of awards and honors, violinist Dami Kim won first prize in the 2012 Hannover Joseph Joachim International Competition in Germany, where she received a G.B. Guadagnini violin and a CD recording contract with Naxos as a part of the prize. She is a Laureate of both the 2014 Indianapolis Violin Competition in the United States, where she received ‘Best Performance of a Classical Concerto’ and ‘Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata’ prizes, and is a laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Belgium. She received 2nd prize (no 1st prize awarded) from the 2010 53rd Premio Paganini Competition in Italy, where she was also given the ‘Barbieri Special prize’ for the best interpretation of Paganini Capricci, and the ‘Ruminelli Special prize’ to the best placed finalist. She won first prize in the 2011 3rd Munetsugu Angel Violin International Competition in Japan, where she acquired the chance to use the Stradivarious “Rainville” violin for 2 years. She also received several prizes in various competitions worldwide, including the 2010 Sendai International Competition in Japan, the 2009 Michael Hill Violin International Competition in New Zealand, Second prize in the 2006 Johansen International Competition in the U.S.A., and the 2004 Greenfield Philadelphia Orchestra Competition.

Kim gave recitals and has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras throughout Europe, America, and Asia, including her recent successful Debut Recital in the 2015 Swiss Lucerne Festival, and a performance with the NDR Philharmonie in Hannover, Germany with Maestro Manze. The various orchestras with which she has appeared include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, Orchestra Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Phil Orchestra, the KBS Orchestra, the Wuhan Phil Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others throughout the world.

In addition to being a solo violinist, Kim has participated regularly in various chamber music festivals, including her recent debut, as a soloist, with Kremerata Baltica in the Kronberg Music Festival. Other chamber music festivals include Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and Taos, among others. She has collaborated with many renowned artists, including Frans Helmerson, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, and Christian Tetzlaff.

In 2018, Kim released her debut album under the SONY Classical label on Dvorak violin pieces, including the concerto, with Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, in 2022 summer, Kim has released another SONY Classical short pieces album named Timepass, and both of the albums ranked in the bestselling classical album in Korea.

Kim began studying violin at age five in Korea and entered the Curtis Institute of Music in the United States on a Mark and Esther Kramer Fellowship full scholarship in 2002 and graduated in 2007, where she gained an Artist’s Diploma and studied with violinist Aaron Rosand. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, she earned the bachelor’s degree, master’s Degree and a graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with renowned violinist Miriam Fried, and also won the Concerto Competition and performed with the NEC Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Kim studied in Kronberg Academy in Germany until 2016 and pursued her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance in Stony Brook University in New York.

Since March 2020, Kim has been on the faculty of Seoul National University in South Korea, and she is using the violin made by Stephan von Baehr.