Clara Kim


Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber musician, and educator.By commissioning, premiering, and championing works from living composers, Clara has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music. She has had the honor of working with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative musical voices such as Chris Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and the Sleeping Giant Collective. Over the last few years, Clara premiered several new concertos written for her by emerging composers, and has also played 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 Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as at Carnegie Hall as part of the Kronos and American Soundscapes workshops.Also dedicated to community engagement and education, Clara directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori. This summer, she will also be on faculty at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard.

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.