Esther Kim, Violin

Esther Kim, born in 1993, began playing the violin and the piano at the age of four. When she was five, she was the youngest ever to be admitted to the City of Edinburgh Music School and played her first solo at the Edinburgh Suzuki Concert. From 1999 for six years, she participated in the Edinburgh Music Festival winning many first prizes. 

In 2001, she was admitted to St. Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh with a full scholarship as a student of Warren Jacobs. She also joined the Edinburgh Children’s Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland as the youngest member at the age of eight. In the same year, she was invited to perform the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in G Major in the Education Institute of Scotland conference. In 2002, she won awards from Kocian International Violin Competition, Czech Republic and Enescu International Violin Competition, Romania. In 2004, aged eleven she held her own charity recital in aid of Indian children.

In the following year, having received a full scholarship, she moved to Purcell School, London to study with Evgueni Grach. In 2006, she performed with her quartet in Wigmore Hall, London and won the concerto competition at the AIMS Festival, Spain where she debuted with the orchestra. In 2007, she played in a charity recital with two fellow musicians in aid of North Korean children (UNICEF) before moving to USA. 

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 where she performed with the orchestra. 

In  2011, Esther attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with David Takeno and since coming back to UK, she has performed in many lunchtime concerts at churches around London and performed in the City of London Festival with her piano quintet. In summer 2014, she had the opportunity to take part in the Aurora Music Star Festival with Sarah Chang and Massimo Quarta and passed her LSO String Scheme where she took part in 3 projects with the London Symphony Orchestra throughout the year. In the same year she was awarded the Waddell Prize. In 2015, she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with First Class Degree and also received the Donald Weekes Memorial Prize for the highest final recital mark. In the same year she performed with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. 

In September 2016 she will start her Master’s Degree at the Royal Academy of Music with So-Ock Kim.

Esther Kim 2002 - 2005

Esther Kim, Violin

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