Hyun Mi Kim

Hyun Mi Kim started to play the piano at the age of 5 and began to play the violin when she was 6 years old. After winning Hankook Ilbo Music Competition and Dong-A Ilbo Music Competition in Korea, Hyun Mi Kim went to the United States to study with Felix Galimir as a full scholarship recipient of the Helena Rubinstein Award from Mannes College of Music, New York, where she received both her B.M and M.M degrees. By then she had won the prizes in the Washington International Competition and Mannes Concerto Competition, and had invited to festivals at the Marlboro, Tanglewood and the Quartet Program. While studying at Mannes, she worked with one of the most renowned chamber musician Alexander Schneider at Brandenburg Ensemble, New School String Orchestra and Christmas String Seminar in New York.  


After returning to Korea, as an active recitalist, she had given over 30 solo recitals in Korea, US, and Europe. As a concerto soloist, she frequently appears with almost all the orchestras in Korea including KBS Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, and Buchoen Philharmonic Orchestra. She had invited to numerous performances including KBS Hall Opening Concert, Orchestra Music Festival and Chamber Music Festival at Seoul Arts Center, Eagon Series and etc.


Internationally Hyun Mi Kim had appeared in The Musician's from Marlboro Concert Series including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Philadelphia Museum of Art with world known musicians including Felix Galimir, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Richard Good and Frederica von Stade. She had invited to festivals to perform and teach at Kirishma International Festival in Japan, Yuro Music Festival in Germany, International Academy of Music in Italy, Ensemble Opus Festival in Poland, Vivace Festival in Korea and Isang Yun Music Festival in Pyeongyang, North Korea (1998). As an active chamber musician and teacher, she was invited to coach at the Quartet Program held in US in 2000 and 2002.


As she was influenced by the great chamber musician and teacher Felix Galimir, Hyun Mi Kim becomes a founding member of "Quartet21" which is one of the most active string quartet in Korea since 1991.With Quartet21 she made a tour in West-South Asia as a cultural ambassador. Quartet21 was awarded numerous Prizes, such as “Yeum Prize for the most active chamber musician in 1992” by Yeum Cultural Foundation, “Artist of the year 2006” by Korean Cultural Minister, “The Best Artist of Korea 2007” by Korean President, and “The Best Performer’s Award” by Daewon Cultural Foundation in 2008.


As a devoted educator Hyun Mi Kim has released CD "Musicians of Korea Series" and complete volumes of Suzuki Violin Methods.


As a former concert mistress of Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyun Mi Kim is currently a member of Quartet21, Music director of The Koreana Chamber Music Society since 2016, violin professor at The Korea National University of Arts and professor of The Institute for the Gifted in Arts.


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