Visiting Artist SeriesWonji Kim Ozim, violin; Wonmin Kim, piano
The Kim Sisters will perform on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. They will also conduct a master class on Monday, Feb. 11, at 12 p.m. These free events are open to the public.
Violinist Wonji Kim Ozim and pianist Wonmin Kim present a recital of music for violin and piano including works by L. Janáček, S. Prokofiev, F. Schubert and E. Ysaÿe. Currently Professor at the Music Academy in Salzburg, Wonji Kim Ozim has trained in Europe with Max Rostal and Igor Ozim. She brings fresh air of the European approach to the masterpieces of violin repertoire. Her sister, Wonmin Kim, equally accomplished, currently piano faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, previously staff pianist for late Dorothy Delay studio at Juilliard School of Music, collaborated with many great violinists. Unique afternoon of music for violin and piano performed by true artists.
Wonji Kim, native of Seoul, Korea, started to play the violin of the age of five, and she studied with Prof. Chong-Suk Li and later in Switzerland with prof. Max Rostal and prof. Igor Ozim. 1994 she received her soloist-diploma at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern” with distinction. She also took part in master courses with Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and Yfrah Neaman. Since winning several national and international prizes, she has appeared as a soloist with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Berner Sinfonie Orchester, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Hungarian National Chamberorchestra and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor: V. Fedosejev). Since 1996 she has taught as an assistant of prof. Igor Ozim at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern and is now teaching at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria.
Pianist Wonmin Kim started her performance career in the early age of twelve performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 as soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. Since then, the 1st Prize winner of the Korean Daily News Piano Competition and 1st Prize winner of the Yewon Piano Competition was the soloist with major orchestras like the Bern Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) and the Seoul Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s Concerto in E Minor, Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 and Saint Sean’s Concerto No. 2.
Early in her career Ms. Kim developed a strong interest in chamber music. As the 1st Prize winner of the Korean Youth Chamber Music competition and the Orpheus Recital Competition (Switzerland) she was promoted in many chamber music concert venues, such as the Carnegie Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Kimmel Center, Sovereign Performance Center, Zürich Tonhalle, Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), Seoul Art Center, and Sejong Art Hall (Seoul). Ms. Kim appeared in concert series such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art Concert Series, the Schubert Festival (Seoul), Orpheus Concert series (Switzerland), Salzburger Schlosskonzerte (Salzburg, Austria), An Evening of Chamber Music series (Lincoln Center, New York), Soundbytes of Sejong (Samsung Experience, New York) Asian Dream (Tokyo), Tea at Two Concert Series (New York), and the Juilliard Honors Recital. Ms. Kim is in great demand as chamber music partner, in Europe, Asia, and the USA with over 100 Performances a year. She collaborated with performers such as Chee Yun, Sarah Chang, David Chan, Wolfgang Schmidt, Ryu Gotto and Cho Liang Lin.
Most recent engagements include a US tour with violinist Chuan Yun Li and the collaboration with Igor Ozim in the World Masters Series at Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), which was also broadcasted by KBS and televised by Arirang TV. Ms. Kim has frequently appeared on Television and Radio broadcasts like WQXR, the Swiss Radio International, SRI and the Korean Broadcast System, KBS. CD Recordings for the Korean Musician for the 21 Century series have been released by KBS.
Wonmin Kim is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Juilliard’s prestigious Vladimir Horowitz Award, the David Garvey Scholarship, and the P. & A. Shaffer Scholarship. She has participated at the Sommerakademie des Mozarteums Salzburg (Austria), the Weimar Sommerakademie (Germany), Sion Music Festival (Switzerland), in master classes with Samuel Sanders, Felix Galamir, Bernard Ringeissen and Peter Feuchtwanger. Ms. Kim holds degrees from the Konservatorium für Musik und Theater Bern (Switzerland) and The Juilliard School.
Currently Ms. Kim is on the piano faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also staff collaborative pianist at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Great Mountain Music Festival (Korea). Previously she has been staff member of The Juilliard School, the Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, the Aspen Music Festival and the Starling Foundation under the late Dorothy Delay.
Master Class on Feb. 11.