Acclaimed as "one of the most talented young virtuosos of our time" (Saarbrücker Zeitung) and as “sound aesthete of outstanding quality” (Westdeutsche Allgemeine) violinist Christian Kim enjoys an active solo career, with performances throughout the USA, Europe and Asia.
Since his debut as soloist with orchestra at the age of 12 he played with numerous orchestras, which include solo performances in Germany with the SWR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphonikern and the Ludwigsburger Festival Orchestra. In Korea with the EuroAsian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chuncheon Symphony Orchestra, as well as the the Frédéric-Chopin-Symphony Orchestra in Poland. His engagements brought him to Germany, Luxemburg, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Greece, Fran- ce, Monaco, Ukraine, Mexico, USA, India, Japan and Korea.
Christian Kim has appeared in broadcast and television productions of the Deutschlandradio, WDR, SWR and SR in Germany, NBC and CBS in the USA, NHK in Japan, as well as KBS, SBS, MBC, CBS and Arirang TV in South Korea.
As guest soloist he has been invited to festivals, such as the Mozart Festival Augsburg, the Ludwigsburger Festival and the Marler Debut of the German Music Council and performed in prestigious halls, such as the Sejong Center for Performing Arts Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, Daejon Arts Center, Bunkyo Civic Hall Tokyo, Old Opera House Frankfurt, Thiersch Hall Wiesbaden, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Red City Hall Berlin, Philharmony Odessa and the Polish Philharmony Gdansk.
Christian Kim has won numerous national and international prizes, including Jugend Musiziert, the German National Competition, where he was awarded the 1st prize and a special prize by the Ministry of Culture for outstanding per- formance, the Concorso Musicale Europeo in Turin, Italy, as winner in the violin solo category and best performer of all categories, the Internationale Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic and the Concours Europeen pour Jeunes Solistes in Luxemburg.
An avid chamber musician, since 2013 Christian Kim works together with the Sejong Soloists, one of the world´s leading string ensembles, which is based in New York.
Together with his brother and his mother, he formed the Trio Agape to play for charities both in Germany and abroad. The Trio has been cited by The Peace Council of Odessa, an organization of the United Nations, for its philanthropic work.
In 2014, in collaboration with the non-profit organisations EMS (Germany), CSI and CCCYC (India), Christian Kim was sent to India as cultural ambassador.
In 2013 Christian Kim hosted an extensive documentary for KBS, South Korea´s biggest television network, about a government program, which funds orchestras in educational institutions across the nation, filmed in Germany and South Korea.
Christian Kim currently holds a teaching position at the Kangnam University, Seoul/South Korea, is a juror of the german national competition Jugend Musiziert and has given masterclasses and workshops in Germany and Korea.
In 2016 Kim joined the ensemble Symphoniacs, a collective of international soloists, who come together to fuse classical and electronic music. Their Debut Album, released under Universal Music in 2016, reached the Top 10 of the German Billboard Charts.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, as son of a German chemist and a Korean pianist, Christian Kim grew up in Germany. At the age of 10 he became one of the youngest pre-college students of the country. He graduated from the University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany, with a German Artist Diploma in 2010 and holds a masters degree from Yale University, New Haven/USA, where he graduated in 2013. Currently he is pursuing a PhD degree at the Seoul Natio- nal University under the guidance of Prof. Kyung Sun Lee.
Among his teachers are world-renowned violinists such as Valery Klimov, Josef Rissin, Hyo Kang and Kyung Sun Lee. He received further artistic inspiration by Midori Goto, Maxim Vengerov, Yfrah Neaman, Antje Weithaas, Zakhar Bron, Shlomo Mintz, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl and the Tokyo String Quartet.