FEATURED SOLOIST 2017
Korean violinist Gyehee Kim won First Prize and two additional special prizes at the prestigious 2016 George Enescu International Violin Competition, one of which was the iPalpiti Prize to attend the iPalpiti Festival. She is also the prize winner of several international competitions, including Munetsugu Angel International Violin Competition (2017, First Prize, Audience Prize and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra Prize), Torun International Violin Competition (2016, Second Prize and Best Performance of Bach Special Prize), Isang Yun Competition (2014, Seong-Yawng Park Special Prize), International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (2009, Third Prize) and Gnessin International Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists (2008, First Prize and Virtuoso Special Prize). At the age of nine, she won the Grand Prize at the Korean Chamber Orchestra competition, becoming the youngest winner in the competition’s history, and, a year later, she made her Seoul recital on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. She has since won numerous national music competitions. Additionally, she has performed with numerous orchestras such as the George Enescu Philharmonic, Russian Symphony, Torun Symphony, Bulgaria Pleven Philharmonic, Sudettic Philharmonic, Euro-Asian Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphonoy Orchestra and more. She has also been invited to perform at international festivals such as the George Enescu Festival (Romania), Moscow Meets Friends (Russia), Cichej Muzyki (Poland) and the iPalpiti Festival (USA), and she was invited to participate in the 2017 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses & Concerts. Kim currently studies at Seoul National University under Young Uck Kim, and previously studied with Joseph Silverstein, Sunny Lee and Bon-jiu Koo. Kim plays on the “Rainville” Antonio Stradivarius 1697, kindly loaned by Munetsugu Collection.