Noted by The New York Times for giving “the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness,” violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her seventh year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans; she has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.
An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana recently completed a 10-year position with the contemporary music septet Ne(x)tworks, is currently in her 11th season with The Knights. The Knights recently released their seventh album, ...the ground beneath our feet... on which she is a featured soloist alongside Guillaume Pirard in Steve Reich's double concerto Duet which was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love" for 2015. She will also soon begin her 12th season as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota where recent collaborators have included Leon Fleisher, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, and Peter Wiley. Inspired by her two violin artist-teacher parents, Ellen and Young-Nam Kim (who were her only teachers before leaving for college), her love for chamber music and teaching has blossomed into not only her position at Cornell University, but Ariana also serves on the faculty of three summer chamber music institutes: the Crowden Center Chamber Music Workshop, the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop (CA) and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute (MN).
Currently Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Prior to her work at Juilliard, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied chamber music with Bonnie Hampton and violin with Ian Swensen and Camilla Wicks. In December 2015, she released her debut solo album, Routes of Evanescence: Music for Solo Violin & Violin + 1 by American Women Composers. She recently spent seven months living and working in Italy where projects included solo recital tours, private teaching and lecture presentations, period opera performances with Milano Classica, and a capstone project involving art, architecture, music, and humanitarianism with the non-profit refugee cooperative, Cooperativa Selene. Her upcoming projects include a second solo record entitled Immersion & Improvisation with fortepianist Roger Moseley and world percussionist Shane Shanahan as well as the Britten Double Concerto with to be performed with the New Philharmonia in Boston.