SIWOO KIM, violinist

Siwoo Kim is an “incisive” and “compelling” (The New York Times) violinist who plays with “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” (Chicago Tribune). Siwoo performs as soloist and chamber musician, and he is the founding co-artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Siwoo gave the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Violin Concerto which was written for him. He recorded the work on Linn Records to commemorate the composer’s 90th anniversary, and the BBC raved his “impassioned playing.” Siwoo made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Stern Auditorium with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has since performed with the likes of the Houston Symphony, the Staatsorchester Brandenburgisches Frankfurt, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Seongnam Philharmonic, and Orchestre Royal de Chambre in venues across the world such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and Lotte Concert Hall.

As a chamber musician, Siwoo formed the “whip-smart” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) Quartet Senza Misura and spends his summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. He has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Jeremy Denk, Mitsuko Uchida and Denes Varjon. Siwoo has been featured internationally at the Stellenbosch Festival in South Africa, Bergen Festival in Norway, Tivoli Festival in Denmark, Ensemble DITTO in South Korea, and Port de Soller Festival in Spain.

Siwoo graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied under Robert Mann and Donald Weilerstein with full scholarship. He went on to complete a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. Prior to college, Siwoo’s parents drove him to Chicago from Columbus to study under Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago.