Acclaimed as "one of the most talented young virtuosos of our time" (Saarbrucker Zeitung) and as “sound aesthete of outstanding quality” (Westdeutsche Allgemeine) violinist Christian Kim enjoys an active solo career, with performances throughout Europe and Asia.
Since his debut as soloist with orchestra at the age of 12 he played with numerous orchestras. His solo performances include appearances in Germany with the SWR Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphonikern and the Ludwigsburger Festival Orchestra. In Korea with the EuroAsian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kangnung Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chuncheon Symphony Orchestra, as well as the the Frédéric-Chopin-Symphony Orchestra in Poland. His engagements brought him to Germany, Luxemburg, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Greece, France, Monaco, Ukraine, Mexico, USA, Japan and Korea.
He has appeared in broadcast and television productions of the Deutschlandradio, WDR, SWR and SR in Germany, NHK in Japan, as well as MBC and CBS in Korea.
He has been soloist at the Mozart Festival Augsburg, the Ludwigsburger Festival and the Marler Debut of the German Music Council and performed in prestigious halls, such as the Sejong Center for Performing Arts Seoul, Bunkyo Civic Hall Tokyo, Thiersch Hall Wiesbaden, Red City Hall Berlin, Philharmony Odessa and the Polish Philharmony Gdansk.
Christian Kim has won numerous national and international prizes, including Jugend Musiziert, the German National Competition, where he was awarded the 1st prize and a special prize by the Ministry of Culture for outstanding performance, the Concorso Musicale Europeo in Turin, Italy, as winner in the violin solo category and best performer in all categories, the Internationale Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic and the Concours Europeen pour Jeunes Solistes in Luxemburg.
Together with his brother and his mother, he formed the Trio Agape to play for charities both in Germany and abroad. The Trio has been cited by The Peace Council of Odessa, an organization of the United Nations, for its philanthropic work.
Christian is a juror of the German national competition Jugend Musiziert and has given masterclasses and workshops in Germany and Korea.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, as son of a German chemist and a Korean pianist, Christian Kim grew up in Germany. At the age of 10 he became one of the youngest pre-college students of the country. He graduated from the University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany, with a German Artist Diploma in 2010. Currently he is enrolled at the Master of Music program at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Among his teachers are world-renowned violinists such as Valery Klimov, Josef Rissin and Hyo Kang. He received further artistic inspiration by Midori Goto, Maxim Vengerov, Yfrah Neaman, Antje Weithaas, Zakhar Bron, Shlomo Mintz and the Tokyo String Quartet.
Christian Kim currently plays on the “ex Schubert” Guarneri from 1703, kindly provided by Music Foundation of Rhineland-Palatinate.