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 Beethoven Romance, 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. Eunice enjoys has an ongoing performance collaboration with award-winning double bassist Xavier Foley. The pair give deeply connected performances of works from Bach and Piazzolla to improvised sets and works by Foley himself. In 2021, the pair began performing his new double concerto ‘For Justice and Peace’ with orchestra. Eunice has also collaborated with distinguished artists Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, Peter Wiley, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cynthia Raim, and eighth blackbird. Her creative work includes time with Ensemble39, a contemporary quintet of strings and winds devoted to commissioning new music and pushing the boundaries of the concert experience.
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.