Siwoo Kim, Violinist - Photo Credit: Sophie Zhai

Siwoo Kim


Siwoo Kim is an “incisive” and “compelling” (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times) violinist who performs as soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Kim is also the founding co-artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He is the recipient of the 2012 King Award for Young Artists and has been prizewinner of the Corpus Christi, Chengdu, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Juilliard, Schadt, and WAMSO competitions.  As a soloist, Mr. Kim made his New York concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut shortly after, and gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s only violin concerto. Next season, Mr. Kim will be recording the work in Berlin and making his South African debut with the KZN Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, and the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestras.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has been a violinist for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and Marlboro Music Festival for the past several seasons. Aside from founding his own chamber music festival, Siwoo also founded Quartet Senza Misura. They have taken their “whip-smart performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) from Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to South Korea, Spain and Venezuela. Mr. Kim has also shared the stage with Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Stefan Jackiw, Richard O’Neill, and Anna Polonsky. Mr. Kim studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. He went on to receive both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.  Mr. Kim Performs on the 1690 “Stephens” Stradivarius violin on generous loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
Photo credit: Sophie Zhai