YuEun Gemma Kim
Originally from South Korea, violinist YuEun Gemma Kim started playing piano at age 5 and violin at 7, although she enjoyed singing Korean and American pop songs from the 80’s with her father the most. She also used to play organ every Wednesday at 6am at the church services. She moved to the US in 2013 to study at University of Southern California under the tutelage of violinist Midori Goto. She is not a big fan of competitions, however, she has been participating in quite a few of them and has won first place in USC’s Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the Qingdao International Violin Competition (China), the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand) and Buenos Aires International competition. The most memorable one was the Boulder International Competition: Art of Duo where she won second prize in 2018 and she also recently received the Jeffrey Thomas Award from the American Bach Soloists.
YuEun started exploring more of the early music repertoire and this season, she is invited to play with various baroque ensembles including Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra (LA), American Bach Soloists (SF), Voices of Music (Berkeley), Boulder Bach Festival (CO) and Blue Hill Bach (ME). YuEun is a core member of Delirium Musicum, self-conducted chamber orchestra based in Los Angeles. During the pandemic, Delirium Musicum created MusiKaravan that took YuEun and Artistic Director Etienne Gara to the road in a vintage Volkswagen bus to perform socially-distanced concerts for farm workers, winemakers, random passerby, and even the occasional ostrich. MusiKaravan won the Audience Choice Award of the San Francisco Classical Voice for “Best Streaming Series.” The video episodes of this musical journey can be found on the “MusiKaravan” YouTube Channel.
2022/2023 season, she has named Artist-in-Residence at Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Concertmaster at The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s, Los Angeles. Her Chopin’s Nocturne video on her YouTube has over 14 million views and the funniest moment in her performing career was when she noticed Itzhak Perlman was in the audience; she couldn’t turn the pages and she ended up playing the whole Haydn string quartet by heart.
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