clara kim


about me

Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber musician, and educator.

Clara is the first prize winner of the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, first prize winner of the MPrize Chamber Arts Competition with the Argus Quartet, and participant of the Kronos and American Soundscapes workshops at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  She has performed at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Spiegelzaal, as well as Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij, Roulette, Bang on a Can at Noguchi Museum, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival.

A participant in festivals across American and European continents, Clara has performed at Ravinia Steans Music Institute, IN\TER/SECT, String Theories Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Grachten Festival, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Birdfoot Festival, New Music on the Point, Heidelberg Fruhling, International Musical Arts Institute, Prussia Cove, Sarasota, and Sunset ChamberFest.  As a soloist, Clara’s highlight engagements have included Edward Nesbit’s Violin Concerto with Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Domaine Forget, Canada), Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Scena’ with Thornton Edge (Los Angeles, California), and world premieres of commissioned concertos by Jordan Nelson and Patrick O’Malley.

Clara has enjoyed working with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative composers – Chris Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, Grammy Award-winning Stephen Hartke, Kaija Saariaho, Jacob TV, and the Sleeping Giant Collective.  She has actively commissioned, premiered, and championed works by both established and emerging artists, often resulting in multiple projects over multiple years by the same composer.  These have included works by Donald Crockett, Andrew Norman, Juri Seo, Daniel Silliman, Eric Guinivan, Jordan Nelson, and Thomas Kotcheff, among many others.  Her quartet has received a Chamber Music Commissioning Grant and a Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant in support of several of these collaborative projects.

A dedicated educator, Clara was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s School of Music, where she taught undergraduate chamber music, and was previously the Coordinator of the Non-Major Strings Program and Adjunct Violin Instructor at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  She and her quartet frequently present educational activities such as masterclasses, composition workshops, interactive concerts, and residencies at institutions like Princeton University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Milken Community High School, California State University Long Beach, LA Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program, Essex Winter Series, and others.

Clara holds degrees from Tufts University (English Literature, Magna Cum Laude)New England Conservatory (Pi Kappa Lambda), the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda), where she received the Pi Kappa Lambda Doctoral Award. As a member of Argus, she is in residence at The Juilliard School as an Artist Diploma candidate.

current projects





o’malley project: a new piece in the works by my dear friend patrick o’malley

which i will premiere with thornton edge on february 28, 2018

and am workshopping at avaloch farm music institute.


silliman project: a project for violin and electronics

in collaboration with my awesome, talented composer friend, daniel silliman.

premiered @ princeton in april 2016, recorded this fall.

listen to the recording here!


argus @ juilliard: my quartet is the new juilliard graduate resident string quartet.

check us out at and see where we’ll be playing next!


theofanidis recording project: will record chamber music works by

chris theofanidis this spring – more soon!


kotcheff project: just recorded the killer piece my quartet commissioned,

‘scratch cradle’ by Thomas Kotcheff.

watch the final video here!



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Harvey Dress


photographs by b. gibbs, j. oesi, c. dreno, m. bettez, & y.m. choi.



email: clara7kim [at] yahoo [dot] com

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