Clara Kim Violin

Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber musician, and educator.

She has worked with some of today’s most imaginative musical voices such as John Adams, Stephen Hartke, Juri Seo, Chris Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and the Sleeping Giant Collective, and she has received support for the creation of pieces from generous organizations such as Chamber Music America, Koussevitzy Foundation, Caramoor, and Classical Recording Foundation. Over the last few years, Clara premiered two new concertos written for her by emerging composers, and also performed concertos by Edward Nesbit (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Montreal) and Jonathan Harvey (Thornton Edge, Los Angeles).

Clara is the first prize winner of the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, and also won the MPrize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the Argus Quartet. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Krannert Center, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, Albany American Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Dedicated to community engagement and education, Clara directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori. This summer, she is the lead faculty at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai, China, as well as on faculty at Interlochen’s Violin Institute and Greenwood Music Camp.

Clara holds diplomas from Tufts University (English Literature), New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Please visit for more information.

Pronouns: she/her/hers