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Esther Kim, Violin

Korean-born Scottish violinist Esther Kim enjoys a busy orchestral career  as well as her solo performances. She is currently on trial with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as playing  with London Symphony OrchestraScottish Chamber OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2015 she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with First       Class Honours studying with David Takeno. Whilst there she was accepted to the LSO String Experience Scheme and worked under Sir Simon RattleBernard Haitink, and Michael Tilson Thomas.  In the same year she was awarded the Donald Weekes Memorial Prize for the highest final recital mark and the Waddell Prize.

In the summer of 2017 she completed her Masters at the Royal Academy of    Music with So-Ock Kim with Distinction and was awarded Diploma RAM for her outstanding Postgraduate recital.                 

From 2007-2011 she attended the Crossroads School for Art and Science, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, with a music scholarship from the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute, studying with Alice Schoenfeld. She was also a member of the American Youth Symphony. In 2008, she was invited to play in the opening concert of Selah Art Hall, South Korea. In 2010, she won first prize in the Palisades Symphony Competition and performed with the orchestra at the awards ceremony. She also competed as the youngest applicant in Haneum String Competition and Concerto Competition where she won first prizes in both competitions. In her last year in the US, she won the Parness Young Artists Concerto Competition which resulted in performances  with Culver City Symphony Orchestra,  Palisades Symphony, and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. 

Esther has also attended masterclasses with notable musicians such as Sarah Chang,  Massimo Quarta, Ingolf Turban, and Masao Kawasaki.  At the age of nine she was a prize winner  for the Kocian International Violin Competition and a finalist in the George Enescu International  Violin Competition.

In September she will be pursuing her Artist Diploma with full scholarship at the Royal College of Music with Mark Messenger, Head of Strings.              

Esther Kim, Violin