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Fabiola Kim

Assistant Professor of Violin


Hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliant soloist,” who “played with extraordinary
precision and luminosity,” violinist Fabiola Kim is a dynamic and versatile artist who enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and a pedagogue. Her recent CD, titled “1939” with the Munich Symphony and Kevin John Edusei has gotten many international acclaims from BBC magazine, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone, American Record Guide and many others. After beginning her studies at the age of four, she made her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra just three years later. Ms. Kim is the winner of various awards and competitions, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concerto Competition as the youngest competitor in the history of the competition to win. Since then, she has won the Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition, The Juilliard Concerto Competition, Livingston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Kumho Prodigy Music Award, an award given to the most promising young musicians in Korea, and was a prize winner at Corpus Christi International Competition and the Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings.

She has collaborated with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gilbert Varga, Jane Glover, and Nicholas McGegan. Her past solo performances include engagements with the Seoul and Suwon Philharmonics; an European tour with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra to the Bruckner Festival in Linz and Merano Festival in Merano, Italy, The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonia, the Kangnam, Korean, Broward, and Prime Symphony Orchestras; the Livingston Symphony; Koln Chamber Orchestra; North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Orquestra Sinfonica OSUANL, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, the Hofer Sinfoniker, Berlin Symphoniker, Korean Chamber
Orchestra, Westdeutche Sinfionia, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Colburn Orchestra.

An avid Chamber Musician, she has performed with renowned musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Frans Helmerson, Marc Coppey and Ida Kavafian and has performed at summer festivals like Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, Verbier Festival and La Jolla Music Society Summerfest.

As a devoted pedagogue, Ms. Kim was recently appointed Assistant Professor and full-time faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance and she is on faculty at the Colburn School. Additionally, she is a Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Sounding Point Academy with Robert Lipsett, and she serves as violin faculty at Center Stage for Strings and Innsbrook Institute in the summer. Previously, she was a teaching assistant to Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School.

Ms. Kim received her Artist Diploma at the Colburn School under the guidance of Robert Lipsett, and she received her Bachelor and Master of Music at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes.


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