Nam Joong Kim, viola
South Korean violist Nam Joong Kim is already an established artist. At the age of sixteen, she has garnered top prizes from Seoul National University Competition, Dong-A Music Competition, LG Art Center Opening Ceremony Competition (performance with Menahem Pressler) and Music Journal Competition in her native country, and has performed with major orchestras such as Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Buchun Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Kim had her first public recital at the age of fourteen at Seoul National Theater premiering a work by Johan Kvandal, which led to many performances at prestigious venues such as Sejong Cultural Center, Kumho Foundation, LG Art Center and live performance at Arte TV “Show Case” and EBS “Empathy” in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Kim has been invited as one of the leading musicians in Asia by Miyazaki Music Festival directed by Issac Stern, and has performed in the Issac Stern Chamber Music Festival and at the Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Further more,
Ms. Kim’s performances have been heard at the International Musicians Seminar “Prussia cove” , Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival in USA. As a fervent dedicator for new music,
Ms. Kim has been actively collaborating with living composers in Korea. Ms. Kim is a top full scholarship graduate of Seoul National University, and continued her further studies at the Indiana University with Atar Arad, and received the Graduate Performance Diploma as a recipient of Music Merit Award.
Ms. Kim has been a violist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years, and has worked with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman and Kyung Wha Chung touring North America and Europe. As a member of Asia Youth Orchestra, Ms. Kim has also performed at the White House for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nation, and toured Asia with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Currently Namjoong is a member of Korean Chamber Orchestra and Asia Philharmonic Orchestra. As an educator, Ms. Kim has produced “Dancing bow” project by giving opportunities to young violists to perform in public, and has conducted many charity concerts to the disabled children. She is currently an adjunct faculty at the Sook Myung Womens University. She had a concert Berlin Philharmonic Hall in Germany 2015, and Seoul Arts Center, Kumho Art Hall, Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall as a part of 2014 Emerging Musicians Series and Awarded The Prize of New Jersey Senates for Her solo performance in the World Memorial Event of Comfort Women in 2014. Her future engagements have included lecture recitals of works by Paul Hindemith in various cities in South Korea.