So-Ock Kim, violin

So-Ock Kim was born in Seoul in 1982, moving to London in 1985. She began violin studies at the age of six and two years later was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School, where she began to study with Felix Andrievsky.

At the age of nine she appeared on BBC TV playing a Mozart sonata and the following year saw her make her Royal Festival Hall debut, playing the finale of the Tchaikovsky concerto. Her appearances, both concerto and recital, since have included Korea, Israel, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Bulgaria. She played Mozart's G major concerto at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Nielsen's Concerto in Denmark and the Mendelssohn concerto at the Barbican.

So-Ock was several times a recipient of the Philharmonia/Martin Scholarship, the Emily Anderson and Manoug Parikian Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award, the latter giving her a Wigmore Hall debut in 1997. She also gave a successful recital in St Martin-in-the-Fields in 1998 and in the same year won the Shell/LSO Competition winning the Gold Medal with a performance at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra. She also gave two major public appearances in Korea at Seoul's prestigious Arts Centre performing the Bruch Concerto, and in Germany at the Max-Joseph-Saal and the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt.

In the forthcoming season she will give a number of recitals, as well as making concerto appearances in Italy, Greece, Austria and Germany with the Britten Sinfonia, English Sinfonia, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, and BBC Concert Orchestra. She will also give a major UK recital tour under the auspices of the National Federation of Music Societies and the Kirckman Society with a recital at Wigmore Hall, and will make her Italian dedut with the Torino Philharmonic Orchestra in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and further concerts in the Far East and Europe. So-Ock continues her studies in London with Professor David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra