Karen Kim


Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. Her performances have been described as “compellingly structured and intimately detailed” (Cleveland Classical) and “muscular and gripping” (New York Classical Review).

She has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Ms. Kim also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

Esteemed for her versatility across a broad spectrum of musical idioms and artistic disciplines, Ms. Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She is a member of Third Sound, Deviant Septet, Ensemble Échappe, NOVUS NY, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, and Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Ms. Kim is currently a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. This is her third season with the Birdfoot Festival.