Present and Past
Michelle Kim (violin)
Michelle Kim is a violin virtuoso who has won numerous solo competitions, performed across the United States and around the world, and performed in festivals in Aspen, Salzburg, Banff, New York and Porto, Portugal.
She has played at Carnegie Hall, at the Kennedy Center Honors and at numerous charity and diplomatic events on the acoustic and electric violin. For the last three years, she has performed the electric violin at the Italian Embassy for Becky's Fund Walk This Way Fashion Show. Ms. Kim played Bach's Partita No. 3 for the Institute for Korean-American Studies Liberty Award Dinner honoring Ambassador Christopher R. Hill at the US Senate Russell Building. In 2014, she performed for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at the US Institute of Peace.
Ms. Kim is frequently heard in recitals as both a chamber musician and a soloist. In 2010, she was guest concertmaster of the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a premiere performance of Oh My Son in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the Carnegie Hall. She was also concertmaster of the Summer Opera Theatre Company at the Harman Center, the Washington Savoyards at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Teatro Lirico at the Gala Hispanic Theater, and the Opera Camerata of Washington at The Metropolitan Club of DC. She has performed with Vanessa Williams, Beyonce, Willy Nelson and Gwen Stefani at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in concerts with Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Phillip Phillips and Clay Aiken
Ms. Kim has been a first violin section member of the Washington National Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master's Degree. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michelle is also the Founder and Chief Cultural Officer of Culture Saves (www.culturesaves.org), a global non-for-profit organization that restores hope and promotes peace through the arts.