Violinist Michelle Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to the United States with her family at the age of 11 and began her violin studies. As a senior at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Ms. Kim received the honor of becoming a Presidential Scholar, one of our Nation’s highest honors for high school students and went on to continue her studies with Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Starling Foundation scholarship recipient. She considers Heiichiro Ohyama and Henry Gronnier her mentors.
Ms. Kim joined the New York Philharmonic in 2001 as the Assistant Concertmaster. Since joining the New York Philharmonic, she has enjoyed an active career as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Pacific Symphony, as well as various orchestras in Korea and abroad. As an active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has collaborated with artists including Cho Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Lang Lang, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Alisa Weilerstein and Yefim Bronfman.
Ms. Kim is currently on the violin faculty of the Mannes School of Music and New York University. Previous teaching positions include USC/Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School for Performing Arts in California.