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Najin Kim

Najin Kim (violin)

"Beautiful phrasing and understanding of character of the music. Bravo! A pleasure to listen to." These are just some of the comments from judges of 2006 Mary Graham Lasley Competition, where Violinist Najin Kim was awarded the first prize. 

Born in Seoul, Ms. Kim began her violin studies at the age of 4, and soon was recognized as a child with an exceptional talent by winning the first prize at Korean Daily Newspaper Competition at the age of 7, followed by the second prize at Ewha Kyung-Hyang Competition only a few years after. At the age of 9, Ms. Kim made the first trip to US to perform Mozart Concerto No. 5 with Northeast Chamber Orchestra in LA, California. In 1993, Ms. Kim moved to New York to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned Pre-College degree and Bachelor's degree in violin performance in the studios of Dorothy Delay, Wonbin Yim, and Hyo Kang. Ms. Kim went on to earn her Master's degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Ms. Kim participated the first Annual Young Artist Starling-Delay Symposium in 2001 as a Young Artist, and performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto in the masterclasses of two World-Renowned violinists, Midori and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg at Lincoln Center. As a recipient of various scholarships and grants, Ms. Kim performs around the world. Ms. Kim participated in various summer music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, and Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West. An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim won Young Chamber Musicians' competition at the Lincoln Center of New York, where her group gave an award performance of Brahms Piano Quintet. Her previous chamber coaches include Orion String Quartet, Toby Appel, Lewis Kaplan, Melvin Chen, Peter Oundjian, Tokyo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Seth Knopp, and Alan Stepansky. Ms. Kim currently attends Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a full scholarship recipient in the studio of Herbert Greenberg. Her recent achievements include winning the professional division at Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the 1st prize of Mary Graham Lasley Competition. Ms. Kim also performs as guest musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony.