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Esther Kim



Biography

Esther Kim, born in Southern California, attended the Juilliard School from the age of 10, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka. At 15, she began her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She currently studies with Jaime Laredo at the Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Kim is a prize winner of several international violin competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition for Young Violinists and the International Competition for Violin and Viola in Bled, Slovenia. At the age of 12, she was considered the "Most Promising Musician" by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Bronislaw Kaper Awards. In March of 2004, the European Union Music Competitions for Youth presented her with the Art for Music Award. Her performance career includes a nationally televised rendition of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, a solo performance with the Seoul Sinfonietta, and major performances in Japan, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. Ms. Kim has performed benefit concerts across the United States with collaborative pianist and Jacobs School Dean Emeritus Charles Webb. 

Esther Kim