The Korean-born violinist Dr. Ji Hyun Kim’s wide-ranging career has encompassed work as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. As an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, Kim has made numerous media appearances worldwide and performed in major cities of South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Europe, and the United States. Her live performances have been featured on NZ TV3 National News, Australia’s ABC Classic FM and SBS Korean Radio, and WKAR Broadcast. The outstanding musicality and alluring stage presence of Kim’s playing have been recognized through her success in both national and international competitions hosted by the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Foundation, Yamaha Music Society, Chamber Music New Zealand, Sydney Eisteddfod Foundation, and International Grieg Society.
Kim received her early musical training from South Korea and New Zealand, studying under Jin-Kyoung Lee, Youngwoo Chun, Mary O’Brien, and Jonna Olivia Arthur. She attained performance diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London, and received a Bachelor of Music Performance with academic honors from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where she studied under Christopher Kimber and was the recipient of the Margaret Henderson Award. Kim completed her Masters Degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Walter Verdehr and Raphael Jimenez at Michigan State University, with cognate studies of Viola Performance under Yuri Gandelsman, Contemporary Art Music, and Music Therapy. At MSU, she received numerous awards and grants including the Graduate Merit Fellowship, Alexander Schuster String Fellowship, and Romeo Tata Graduate Fellowship. Through her education and career, she has also worked with acclaimed musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kolya Blacher, Charles Castleman, Wolfram Christ, Richard Gill, Vivian Hagner, Beryl Kimber, Clemens Leske, Imre Palló, Roger Benedict, Wanda Wilkomirska, the Goldner String Quartet, Macquarie Trio, Nobilis Trio, and Verdehr Trio.
Kim has over a decade of experience as concertmaster of various ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony, MSU Opera, Ad Libitum, and Jackson Symphony Orchestras. For numerous years, Kim was the principal violinist of the contemporary music ensemble Musique 21 under the direction of Raphael Jimenez, working closely with the MSU Composition Department and notable composers such as Paul Desenne, Ricardo Lorenz, Charles Ruggiero, Victor E. Marquez, and William Withem to encourage the cultivation of fine contemporary music literature.
As a dedicated educator with great interest in cultivating more positive and intimate performer-audience relationship, Kim has presented instrumental demonstrations and masterclasses to various audiences ranging from pre-school children to college level students and adults. Kim has taken the position as orchestral string coach and chamber music instructor of numerous schools and orchestras including the Casuarina School for Steiner Education of New South Wales, Sydney Conservatorium High School, Jackson Youth Symphony, Mason Symphony, and Michigan State University’s Concert Symphony Orchestras. She has also served on the juries for various auditions and competitions for professional orchestras and colleges, such as the annual concerto competition at Central Michigan University, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s annual auditions and young artist competitions. She has adjudicated for Solo and Ensemble Festivals hosted by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Homeschool Solo and Ensemble Festival hosted at Spring Arbor University.
Currently, Kim is an assistant professor of violin and viola at Spring Arbor University and directs the SAU string orchestra. She is also the founder and principal violinist of ConTempus, a contemporary ensemble committed to finding a good balance between the standard and newly commissioned repertoire and reaching out to a broader spectrum of audiences. Kim is an artist-teacher-in-residence of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee and the acting assistant concertmaster and principal violinist of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Kim is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, American String Teachers Association, College Music Society, and American Federation of Musicians.