Violinist Michelle Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and started piano lessons at age five before switching to violin. After her family moved to southern California, she made her debut at age 10, playing Vivaldi's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Ms. Kim has won numerous solo competitions and played with orchestras in Los Angeles, Berkeley and New York.
Ms. Kim is frequently heard in recitals as both a chamber musician and a soloist. In 2010, she was guest concertmaster of the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a premiere performance of Oh My Son in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the Carnegie Hall. She was also concertmaster of the Summer Opera Theatre Company at the Harman Center, the Washington Savoyards at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Teatro Lirico at the Gala Hispanic Theater, and the Opera Camerata of Washington at The Metropolitan Club of DC. She has performed with Vanessa Williams, Beyonce, Willy Nelson and Gwen Stefani at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in concerts with Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Phillip Phillips and Clay Aiken.
Ms. Kim has been the featured entertainer on both the electric and acoustic violin at various charity events and diplomatic functions. For the last three years, she has performed the electric violin at the Italian Embassy for Becky's Fund Walk This Way Fashion Show. Ms. Kim played Bach's Partita No. 3 for the Institute for Korean-American Studies Liberty Award Dinner honoring Ambassador Christopher R. Hill at the US Senate Russell Building. In 2014, she performed for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at the US Institute of Peace.