Born in Seoul, Korea, Duekwoo Kim began playing the violin at age nine and moved to the United States to continue his studies at the age of twelve. In 1999, he was awarded first prize at the ODACS state competition and the third prize at the Dorothy Farnham Feuer Violin Competition in Virginia. That same year Mr. Kim was accepted to the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School under professor Mr. Hyo Kang and was immediately invited to perform Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the Oradell Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, returning a year later to perform Lalo Symphonie Espagnole.
Other performance highlights include recitals at Juilliard Paul and Morse halls and the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., appearances as part of the Winterfest Gala in New Jersey and his recital at "Experience Samsung" in Time Warner Center in New York City. In 2004, Mr. Kim was invited to play with the St. Paul Youth Orchestra in Virginia and was called back to perform for their Gala concert in the following year.
As an active chamber musician, Duekwoo gave numerous chamber recitals at PJ-Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City and the Chamber Music Festival in Kennedy Center Washington D.C. Recently, Mr. Kim joined Quartet Knecht(as known as Quartet K) and released their debut album in 2013 under Sony Classics label. Also, recent performances with world re-knowned pianists such as Martha Argerich, Jean Bavouzet, and Bertrand Chamayou brought him many acclamations.
Duekwoo attended Aspen Music Festival for four consecutive summers, where he performed as a soloist with the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra under direction of David Zinman. After graduating from The Juilliard School's master of music program, Mr. Kim currently holds principal second violin position at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and also teaching position at both Seoul National University of Music and Korea National University of Arts.