Hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliant soloist,”“…played with extraordinary precision and luminosity,” violinist Fabiola Kim is one of the most dynamic players of her generation with a wide variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary music. Recently, She played a cycle of complete Beethoven sonatas for Piano and Violin at Seoul Arts Center with pianist, Daejin Kim. After beginning her studies at the age of four, she made her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra just three years later. Ms. Kim is the winner of various awards and competitions, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concerto Competition as the youngest competitor in the history of the competition to win.
Since then, she has won the Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition, Livingston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Kumho Prodigy Music Award, an award given to the most promising young musicians in Korea, and was a prize winner at Corpus Christi International Competition and the Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. She has collaborated with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Gilbert Varga, and Nicholas McGegan. Her past solo performances include engagements with the Seoul and Suwon Philharmonics; The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonia, the Kangnam, Korean, Broward, and Prime Symphony Orchestras; the Livingston Symphony; Koln Chamber Orchestra; North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Orquestra Sinfonica OSUANL, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, West duetche Sinfonia, Colburn Orchestra and the Hofer Sinfoniker. She has played solo engagements at festivals like Merano Festival and Bruckner Festival.
In addition to her solo engagements, Ms. Kim has a passion for orchestral repertoire, has been featured on the radio, and plays outreach concerts. She regularly performes as concertmaster of the Colburn Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of Juilliard Orchestra. In addition, she was concertmaster for the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2012. Her outreach concerts have taken her all over New York, and she has participated in a week-long residency at Juilliard in Aiken in South Carolina. Her radio appearances have been featured on NPR’s From the Top and The Young Artists Showcase on WQXR New York.
An avid Chamber Musician, she has collaborated and performed with renowned musicians such as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Frans Helmerson, Roberto Diaz and Ida Kavafian at festivals like Ravinia Steans Institute and La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. As a fellowship student, Ms. Kim has been accepted to the Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan, the Courchevel Music Festival in France, and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado; she has also taken part in the London Masterclasses and the Mozarteum Summer Academy where she took master classes with Gyorgy Pauk, Zakhar Bron and Vadim Gluzman.
Ms. Kim’s concerts have taken her all across the globe, as she has performed throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and South Korea, performing at well known venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, the Seoul and Kumho Arts Centers, the Kimmel Center, the Church of St. Martins in the Fields, and the Auditorium Conciliazione.
Born into a musical family, Ms. Kim has a special relationship with The Juilliard School, where her parents first met as students. She is herself a recent Bachelor and Master of Music recipient of Juilliard under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. Her former teachers and mentors include Kyung Wha Chung, Namyun Kim and Choongjin Chang. Most recently, she is a graduate of the Colburn School under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett. She is now on the faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.