A young artist with a unique voice, violinist Eunice Kim has been proclaimed “just superb” by The New York Times and “a born performer” by Epoch Times. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Astral Award-winning violinist has been featured soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Seongnam Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with which she has recorded George Tsontakis’s Unforgettable, released on Naxos Records. As a guest artist for Curtis on Tour, she has performed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Germany with violist Roberto Díaz, and appeared at both the Library of Congress and the United Nations for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
In concerto repertoire from Mozart and Sibelius to Piazzolla and Jeremy Kittel, Eunice Kim has proven herself a gifted interpreter with a combination of exacting technique and thoughtful musicality. Recent engagements have included the Mozart Duo Concertante and Kittel’s “Pando” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A delightful and charismatic personality, Ms. Kim has also served as host and performer for the SPCO’s Club2030.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Kim has appeared at Music at Angel Fire, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute of Music, Marlboro Music School and Festival, and as a guest artist at the Tippet Rise Art Center among other prominent festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, Peter Wiley, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cynthia Raim, and eighth blackbird. Her creative work also includes time with Ensemble39, a contemporary quintet of strings and winds devoted to commissioning new music and pushing the boundaries of the concert experience. Eunice Kim enjoys an ongoing collaboration with noted double bassist Xavier Foley in wide-ranging programming from O’Carolan and Bach to Piazzolla and Foley.
In addition to her Astral award, she has received prizes from the California International Violin Competition, the Pacific Music Society, and the Korea Times String competitions. Eunice Kim has degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize.
Eunice Kim has partnered with Astral and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Department of Education to perform in outreach series and has served as a teaching artist for Astral’s William Penn Residency at schools in the Philadelphia area. She has performed and taught at numerous international music festivals, most recently at the Teatro Del Lago Festival in Chile and the Valdres Music Academy in Norway.
Her musical talent was recognized early, and she began violin studies at the age of six with Wei He in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She made her solo debut at the age of seven with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. A student of Ida Kavafian, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the Rose Paul Fellowship. At Curtis, she served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and as a mentor in the Curtis Community Engagement program.
Hear Eunice Kim perform the Beethoven Romance #1 with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a live stream this weekend. She will join conductor Thomas Zehetmair for three performances Sept. 13-14-15. You can hear the live stream on Saturday the 15th at 8:00pm (central), the Romance opens the concert. Listen Live…
Eunice Kim performed the Mozart Duo Concertante, and Jeremy Kittel’s “Pando” (with conductor Teddy Abrams) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was also the hosts at the SPCO’s Club2030 post-concert event, and treated the crowd to some Mark O’Connor favorites. Eunice writes “it was a big hit, and I will be performing some more Mark O’Connor in Rapid City as well.” More…
Eunice Kim returned to the Marlboro Festival: Her 2018 performances included the Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major with pianist János Palojtay and cellist Peter Stumpf, as well as Elliot Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell featuring soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon. The Rutland Herald noted: “Violinist Eunice Kim delivered the lyricism exquisitely in the slow movement, Larghetto, of Mozart’s Piano Trio”
Caramoor Blog: A Violinist’s Return to a Magical Week
“Eunice Kim, the solo or lead violinist in everything…was superb throughout.”
The New York Times
“Eunice Kim was the soloist for J.S. Bach’s Second Violin Concerto, and she seemed to tap into Egarr’s enthusiasm with her vibrant interpretation.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com
“Eunice Kim delivered the lyricism exquisitely in the slow movement” [Mozart at Marlboro Music Festival]
“And in the Fourth Concerto… violinist Eunice Kim, tore through the finale, bowing with the violent vigor of a hummingbird’s wings.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com
“Eunice Kim is one of those fortunate few that find what they love as a child, and are good enough to base their life around it…. A born performer!”
The Epoch Times
“a remarkable violinist… supple, sensitive playing, flawless technique” [Kyu-Young Kim, SPCO artistic director, quoted in The Strad]
Frank: Sonata in A Major – PBS On Stage at Curtis – watch
Ginastera: Pampeana No. 1, Op. 16 – listen
Eunice Kim at Dizengoff, an hour of solos and duos with bassist Xavier Foley – watch
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy Op. 25, Allegro moderato – listen
Foley: Irish Fantasy (with bassist Xavier Foley) – watch
Piazzolla: Saint-Louis-en-l’ile – listen
Hindemith: Sonata for Violin Solo – listen
Piazzolla: Histoire du tango I – watch
Piazzolla: Histoire du tango II – watch
Foley: Snowflake (with bassist Xavier Foley) – listen link below