Soo Yeon Kim

Soo Yeon Kim


Praised for her “musical maturity and masterful technique,” (Leipziger Volkszeitung) Korean-born violinist Soo Yeon Kim is a multi-faceted artist and educator, regularly appearing in recitals in major concert halls and giving masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her past concert seasons include appearances in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hall in Germany, and the Kennedy Center.

As the winner of Juilliard’s Pre-College Concerto Competition and Eastman School of Music’s Concerto Competition, she has garnered both national and international recognition, also appearing in major music festivals as a young artist around the globe–Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies, Aspen Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions in Netherlands, and Kronberg Academy in Germany.

A passionate educator, Dr. Kim has served on violin faculty and teaching fellow positions at institutions and music festivals, namely University of Rochester-Eastman, Luzerne Music Center, Bay View Music Festival, Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, and Juilliard. As a current Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Houghton University, she directs the String Chamber Ensemble, as well as the institution’s own summer music festival since Summer 2022. Aside from her collegiate appointment, she also teaches violin privately in-person and online, enjoying a teaching experience of over a decade. Her young and mature students have won prizes in regional and international competitions, and have been admitted to both the college and pre-college programs at top music conservatories and universities–Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Eastman, Harvard, Yale, to name a few. 

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Juilliard with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Stephen Clapp and Sylvia Rosenberg, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. For more information on her future performance and teaching engagements please visit her website at