Korean violinist Youngji Kim graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University under professors Ju young Baek, Hyun a Kim and Hyuk joo Kwun, and a master’s of music degree from the Yale School of Music under Ani Kavafian and Syoko Aki.
Her musical awards include winning the KBS KEPCO Competition, the Segye Ilbo Competition, second prize at the Joongang Music Competition and third prize at the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts International Music Competition. She was also selected as a Gyeonggi Young Artist and Kumho Young Artist in Korea, where she had her debut concerts.
Kim has been performing with many leading Korean orchestras including the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra and Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her solo debut under the auspices of the Kumho Young Artist Concert Series. She has played a quintet concert during the Spirit of SNU Strings Chamber Concert Series at Seoul Arts Center, and solo recitals at Kukjearthall and Youngsanarthall—two renowned concert halls in Seoul.
Kim was selected as one of three finalists to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Play with Ray festival, performing alongside the philharmonic as a guest member and receiving a masterclass from violinist Ray Chen. She has also received masterclasses from Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Austrich, Christoph Poppen and Hye-jin Kim. On the recommendation of professor Kathleen Winkler, she performed at the Aspen Music Festival’s String Showcase. She has also served as principal violinist with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonia, and as concertmaster of the Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra. Kim has participated in many additional festivals, including the Summit Music Festival and Pablo Casals Festival.