So Jin Kim, Artistic Director

김소진, 예술감독 

The artistic director and founder of Yeosu International Music Festival & Ensemble, violinist So Jin Kim has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her musical lyricism, technical brilliance, and lush tone. Following her successful solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2006, she has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Vienna's Musikverein Golden Hall, KKL Luzern in Switzerland, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, and the Philharmonie in Berlin.  She has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Seoul Chamber Ensemble, and the Budpapest Symphony Orchestra. 


As an active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has been invited to perform in Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, Kissinger Sommer in Germany, MoMA Summergarden Concert Series, La Jolla Summerfest, and Sangat Chamber Music Festival in India, collaborating with artists such as Cho Liang Lin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lynn Harrell, and Roberto Diaz. 


At the age of 24, Ms. Kim was appointed as a concertmaster of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, where she played until 2013, and has worked with Bern Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra SWR, the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Since 2018/19 season, she has served as the associate concertmaster of Munich Radio Orchestra. 


Ms. Kim was born in Yeosu, South Korea and spent her childhood and educational years in America.  She was accepted to the Juilliard School at the age of 16 to the Bachelor of Music Degree Program, and has received both Bachelor and Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School with Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka.  She has also worked with Hyo Kang and Donald Weilerstein.  In May 2016, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and has also worked with Krzysztof Wegrzyn at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover as part of the prestigious Solo Klasse program.  In 2014 she joined the faculty of Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.


Her Debut CD recorded in Leipzig Gewandhaus was released worldwide in 2018 under the Genuin Classics with raving reviews from Klassik Radio Austria, Klassik Heute, Das Orchestra, and many other publications.

여수국제음악제 & 앙상블의 예술감독 바이올리니스트 김소진은 2006년 줄리어드 오케스트라와 뉴욕 링컨센터에서의 성공적인 데뷔를 시작으로  Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Budapest Symphony Orchestra 등의 오케스트라와 북미, 유럽 및 아시아 순회연주를 통해 국제적인 솔리스트로써 큰 호평을 받으며 활발한 활동을 즐기고있다. 


독주 뿐 아니라 실내악에도 남다른 열정을 가지고 있는 그녀는 이탈리아의 Festival dei Due Mondi, 독일 Kissinger Sommer, 미국의 MoMA Summergarden Series, La Jolla Summerfest, 인디아의 Sangat Chamber Music Festival 등의 세계적인 음악제에 초청되어 현재 가장 영향력 있는 연주자들인 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Cho Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Lynn Harrell, Roberto and Andres Diaz 함께 연주하며 쳄버주자로서의 뛰어난 역량을 발휘하고있다.


오케스트라에서도 큰 관심이 있는 그녀는 24세의 나이로 스위스 루체른 심포니 오케스트라의 최연소 악장으로 임명이 되어 2013년까지 악장 역임후 Bern Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra 등의 스위스와 독일의 주요 오케스트라들과 왕성한 활동을 하고있고, 현 Munich Radio Orchestra 의 종신 부악장으로 활동 하고있다.

여수에서 태어나 미국에서 자란 그녀는 16살의 나이에 줄리어드 음대에 입학하여 Cho-Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka, Donald Weilerstein, 강효를 사사, 학사와 석사를 전액 장학생으로 졸업하였고 라이스 음대에서 박사과정을 마쳤다. 또 유럽의 하노버 음대(Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover)에서 Krzysztof Wegrzyn을 사사하며 독주자 과정(Solo Klasse program)중 동 대학교의 겸임교수로 임명되었고 현 줄리어드 예비학교 출강을 하고있다. 


2017년 Leipzig Gewandhaus 에서 독일의 Genuin Classics 와 성공적인 녹음을 마친 그녀의 데뷔엘범은 2018년 전세계적으로 발매되었다.