Soh-Yon Kim

Soh-Yon Kim

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Violin


Soh-Yon was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1989 and started playing the violin at the age of four. She studied in Alberta College Conservatory of Music with James Keene, Glenn Gould Professional School, Toronto with Erika Raum, The Yehudi Menuhin School with Susie Meszaros and Berent Korfker. She is currently at the Royal College of Music London under the guidance of Itzhak Rashkovsky, and holds a Mills Williams Junior Fellowship for Artist Diploma course.

Soh-Yon has participated in masterclasses across the world given by musicians such as Ida Haendel, Haim Taub, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Lorand Fenyves, Zakhar Bron, Gerhard Schulz and has performed with Dora Schwarzberg, Atar Arad, Nicola Benedetti, Hillel Zori and Jennifer Stumm.

Soh-Yon has performed across the world playing in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Flagey, Brussels, UN Hall, Geneva, Winspear Hall, Edmonton, Tel Aviv Opera House, Israel and Seoul Arts Centre, Korea and has performed in festivals such as Menuhin Festival, Gstaad and Bath International Chamber Music Festival and Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. Her UK performances include solo and chamber music appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Sage Gateshead, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, Barbican Centre, and the Abbey Road Studios. She has collaborated with dancers of the Royal Ballet School, performing at Sadler’s Wells and with the dancers of Tel Aviv Opera House as a part of commemorating 100th Anniversary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe. She was chosen as one of the Rising Stars of the Royal College of Music and performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Cadogan Hall.

Soh-Yon won 1st prize in “Shabyt-Inspiration” International Competition in Astana, 2009, a finalist and Laureate of the 1st International Buenos Aires Violin Competition 2010 and in 2012 she won 3rd prize in Yampolsky International Violin Competition in Moscow. She is a recipient of Manoug Parikian Award 2012/13, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award 2014/15, PO/MMSF Award, 2013/14 Park Lane Group Artist 2013/14, and Musicians Company Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She has performed with orchestras around the world including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscovia Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and Teatro Colon Orchestra of Buenos Aires with Shlomo Mintz conducting. She won the RCM Concerto Competition and performed Elgar Violin Concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra with David Hill conducting. Recent performances include a lunchtime recital at the St James’s Piccadilly London, RCM Rising Stars Concert at the Cadogan Hall and a shared recital at the Wigmore Hall. Upcoming performances include a shared recital at the Purcell Room, and a lunchtime recital at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall.

Soh-Yon is a new appointed first violinist of the Alke Quartet (www.alkequartetcom).  She can be contacted on