London-based violinist Heidi Kim has concertised extensively across North America, Europe, and Asia. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut at the National Band & Orchestra Festival and her international debut at the London New Year’s Day Parade. Other festival appearances include the Chautauqua Institution, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Project Trio! The Camp, PhoenixPhest!, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, among others. She has toured with Marc Almond, John Harle and The Bauhaus Band, Andrea Bocelli, Kathy Mata Ballet, Ballets with a Twist, and has frequently performed in other notable venues such as the Sheldonian Theatre, Gulbenkian Arts Centre, The Barbican, Milton Court, Herbst Theatre, Palace of Fine Arts, Fairmont San Francisco, Grace Cathedral, Severance Hall, Playhouse Square, and Detroit Orchestra Hall.
Since arriving in London, Kim has held leadership positions in the Guildhall Symphony and Opera Orchestras and was a finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra String Experience Scheme. In the Bay Area, she frequently performed with ensembles One Found Sound, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, San Francisco Philharmonic, Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and Classical Revolution. She was previously a musician for Friday Night Live at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, and the Memory Care residents of Rhoda Goldman Plaza. She has also held the positions of Musician-in-Residence at Ballet in Cleveland, concertmaster of the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, as well as core member of the Cleveland Opera Theater Orchestra.
Recent interesting collaborations include TUMI's Fall 2022 docu-campaign, Built for the Journey, with professional footballer Son Heung-min, a cross-sensual concert experience with the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute and conductor Deanna Tham combining taste and sound, and improvisational piece, Detritus, at WStage Seoul with artists Soeine Bac and Bohyung Jun.
She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the San Francisco Community Music Center Creative Stimulus and Artist Support Grant for Faculty, Merit Scholarships from The Rehearsal Orchestra, Guildhall School, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and Cleveland Institute of Music, Robert C.J. Traub Memorial Scholarship for music study in Europe, National School Orchestra Award, and is a National YoungArts Foundation nominee.
A native of Detroit, Heidi Kim began her musical studies on the violin at age 6 and piano at age 8. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Joan Kwuon, the San Francisco Academy Orchestra with San Francisco Symphony violinist Melissa Kleinbart, and is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Akiko Ono. Other influential mentors include David Dolan, Gabriel Bolkosky, and Patricia Pats Gurin.
Kim performs on a 2007 copy of a Guadagnini by contemporary violinmaker Gregg Alf, with a new set-up by Thomas Yee at Bay Fine Strings. Previously she played a ca. 1740 violin of the French Vieux School on generous loan from Bay Fine Strings.
Outside of music, Heidi is a dancer with Chelsea Ballet. When not doing ballet, she can usually be found dancing at a milonga somewhere, shooting arrows, or exploring.
A passionate educator, Heidi Kim is a 2023 Benedetti Foundation Instrumental Ambassador. She has also taught at Junior Guildhall, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Interlochen Arts Center, Cleveland School of the Arts, and in Seoul.
Her students have been accepted to the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco High School of the Arts, UCLA, University of California - Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and University of Colorado - Boulder, and have appeared on America's Got Talent.
HK STUDIO PERFORMANCES
BRECHT ON LOVE AND WAR (Documentary) - The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 14th May 2023.
Virtual Field Day 2021: Performathon DAY 7
Giving Tuesday 2020 with Heidi Kim, strings faculty member
Plug & Play Music Day, 10/17/20: Violin for Beginners with Heidi Kim
Performed as concertmaster under Damon Gupton
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