Yeokyung Kim

Yeokyung Kim, a 28-year-old Korean violinist, started her musical journey when she was three. When she turned eleven, her love and passion for violin was so great that she had traveled 4 hours each way from Daegu to Seoul for her lessons every weekend by herself. Soon after she turned twelve, she made her first soloist appearance performing the Mozart Violin Concerto in D Major, No.4 with one of the most well-known orchestras in South Korea: the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Kim’s dedication to music led her to enter the most prestigious music schools in Korea. During her years at Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School, she won numerous national competitions as a soloist such as: Dong-A National Music Competition, The Korea Music Newspaper National Competition, Korea Music Association of Korea Competition, KyungBook Arts High School Music Competition, The Music Association of Daegu National Music Competition, Ewha Kyung-Hyang National Music Competition, and the TBC National Music Competition. 

Kim earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University with high honors. She was a recipient of the Lecture & Research Scholarship from Seoul National University, the DukYoung Foundation Scholarship, and the KwanAk Corporation Scholarship.

She continued her career as a soloist with orchestras in Korea. She was featured in programs with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Virtuosi String Ensemble, Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra, SNU String Ensemble, and Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra. Kim was an active chamber musician. She was a member of the Amoroso String Quartet and had performed several concerts in Tuesday Concert Series, Spirit of SNU Strings, and Seoul Arts Center Artist Lounge Concert. She is a member of string ensemble the “Seoul Virtuosi”

Kim’s musical journey continued on in the U.S., when she moved to LA in 2017 to study with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory for her Artist Diploma program. She was involved in Colburn’s community outreach programs where she performed at local schools regularly. In 2018, She was part of the 2018 Colburn Orchestra Tour and she performed at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and National Concert Hall in Dublin.

During her stay in LA, she continued her love for performing in an ensemble as a member of Delirium Musicum which is known for having innovative and fun concerts throughout LA. Since her move to the U.S. in 2017, Kim has appeared in concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Santata Barbara Bowl, Heinz Hall, Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Soraya Hall, Wende Museum, Boston Court in Pasadena, Andy Warhol Museum, Zipper Hall and at many other venues throughout the U.S. Yeokyung has shared the stage with artists including Anthony Marwood, Martin Beaver, Robert Mcduffie, Kyungsun Lee, She-e Wu, Kurt Sassmannshaus, David Gebber, June Han, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Kurt Muroki, Keiko Ying, and Tao Lin. She has performed in master classes with Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Lewis Kaplan, Maya Iwabuchi, Eduard Grach, and Wei He.

Kim first performed at part of the PSO in June 2019 for a week. After that, she joined the orchestra for the PSO European Tour which occurred in 10 different cities as a season artist. Kim’s passion for playing in orchestras was not new when she auditioned for a position with the PSO. Kim was elected as the concertmaster at the Seoul National University’s Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. She held her position as the concertmaster until 2014. Since then, Kim served as the concertmaster and a principal for the Bowdoin Music Festival Orchestra in 2016, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra in 2018. She had been one of the principal violin players of the Colburn Orchestra from 2018 to 2020. 

Kim is honored to be part of the inspiring and welcoming community of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is looking forward to performing many concerts with the amazing conductor and the musicians.