Praised for her “musical maturity and masterful technique,” (Leipziger Volkszeitung) Korean-born violinist Soo Yeon Kim is a multi-faceted artist and educator, regularly appearing in recital in major concert halls and giving masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. As a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra player, she has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, MI, Barnes Hall at Cornell University, Yamaha Hall at Ginza in Japan, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hall in Germany, as well as in France, the Netherlands and South Korea.
Following her concerto debut with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 9 and then making her Lincoln Center debut at the age of 13 with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Soo Yeon has soloed with multiple orchestras including the Korean Sinfonietta, the High Mountain Symphony, City College of New York, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and Amherst Symphony Orchestra. She is the winner of the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra String Competition, Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, the Mae and Fletcher Fish Young Artist Competition, the Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition and was the finalist of Johansen International String Competition. She has also been featured as a young artist in major music festivals both in the U.S. and in Europe including the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, Aspen Music Festival, Kronberg Academy Festival and Leipzig Internationale Sommer-Musikakademie in Germany, and Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands.
Soo Yeon is an avid chamber musician as well, having collaborated with the leading composers of her generation and eminent artists, namely the late Peter Serkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Timothy Eddy, and the members of American String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet and Juilliard Quartet. She has worked closely with the New Juilliard Ensemble at Lincoln Center’s Focus! Festival, premiering works by the world-renown living composers including Andrew Ford and Aleksander Lasoń, which were
live-streamed on New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Her recent premiere and recording of the American composer Samuel Adler’s A Euphonious Quartet is now available on major digital platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. She is also a founding member of the guitar-duo group, Duo Serale, which will launch its first concert tour starting this June.
A passionate educator, Soo Yeon has a keen interest in a mind-body approach to instrumental teaching. She is a frequent guest speaker at medical conferences and gives violin masterclasses across the country sharing her knowledge about the incredible healing process of and overcoming chronic pain related to instrumental playing, which she herself had experienced and overcame. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, as well as the Director of String Chamber Ensemble at Houghton College, NY. Previously, she has served on violin faculty and instructor positions at University of Rochester, Carnegie's Weill Institute, Luzerne Music Center, Bay View Music Festival, InterHarmony International Music Festival and Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. Aside from her collegiate appointment, she also teaches violin privately in-person and online both in New York and the northern part of New Jersey, enjoying a teaching experience of over a decade. Her young and mature students have won regional competitions and orchestral auditions, and have been admitted to graduate programs at top music conservatories and Pre-College programs at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and University of Texas.