Fabiola Kim was introduced to the music of Bartok at an unusually early age. Prenatally, in fact- her mother was giving lecture recitals on the three violin sonatas while she was pregnant. Fabiola's musical family includes a pianist (her father) and another violinist (her mother). After carefully counting the keys on the piano and the strings of the violin, Fabiola decided 4 seemed more manageable than 88. Since then, she has unfortunately discovered that the violin produces more than 4 notes, and fortunately has been thankful for the decision she made as a four-year-old.

After her parents finished their doctoral studies, the family moved to Seoul, where Fabiola spent most of her childhood. Since returning to the States, she has associated herself with 60 Lincoln Center Plaza for almost a decade, where she shares a violin teacher, music history teachers and ear training teachers and more with her parents.


When away from the violin, Fabiola enjoys staying active, whether it be trying flying trapeze, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, scuba diving, hiking with her dog, Captain, or just exploring the best coffeehouses in New York City with her younger sister, Adela. Fabiola now lives in New York City, where she tries to live out her childhood dream of owning a zoo with Captain, her cockapoo, and Misty, her cat.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliant soloist,”“...played with extraordinary precision and luminosity,” violinist Fabiola Kim is one of the most dynamic players of her generation with a wide variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary music. Recently, She played a cycle of complete Beethoven sonatas for Piano and Violin at Seoul Arts Center with pianist, Daejin Kim. After beginning her studies at the age of four, she made her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra just three years later. Ms. Kim is the winner of various awards and competitions, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concerto Competition as the youngest competitor in the history of the competition to win.

Since then, she has won the Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition, Livingston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Kumho Prodigy Music Award, an award given to the most promising young musicians in Korea, and was a prize winner at Corpus Christi International Competition and the Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. She has collaborated with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Gilbert Varga, and Nicholas McGegan. Her past solo performances include engagements with the Seoul and Suwon Philharmonics; The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonia, the Kangnam, Korean, Broward, and Prime Symphony Orchestras; the Livingston Symphony; Koln Chamber Orchestra; North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Orquestra Sinfonica OSUANL, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, West duetche Sinfonia, Colburn Orchestra and the Hofer Sinfoniker. She has played solo engagements at festivals like Merano Festival and Bruckner Festival.

In addition to her solo engagements, Ms. Kim has a passion for orchestral repertoire, has been featured on the radio, and plays outreach concerts. She regularly performes as concertmaster of the Colburn Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of Juilliard Orchestra. In addition, she was concertmaster for the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2012. Her outreach concerts have taken her all over New York, and she has participated in a week-long residency at Juilliard in Aiken in South Carolina. Her radio appearances have been featured on NPR’s From the Top and The Young Artists Showcase on WQXR New York.

An avid Chamber Musician, she has collaborated and performed with renowned musicians such as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Frans Helmerson, Roberto Diaz and Ida Kavafian at festivals like Ravinia Steans Institute and La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. As a fellowship student, Ms. Kim has been accepted to the Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan, the Courchevel Music Festival in France, and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado; she has also taken part in the London Masterclasses and the Mozarteum Summer Academy where she took master classes with Gyorgy Pauk, Zakhar Bron and Vadim Gluzman.

Ms. Kim’s concerts have taken her all across the globe, as she has performed throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and South Korea, performing at well known venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, the Seoul and Kumho Arts Centers, the Kimmel Center, the Church of St. Martins in the Fields, and the Auditorium Conciliazione.

Born into a musical family, Ms. Kim has a special relationship with The Juilliard School, where her parents first met as students. She is herself a recent Bachelor and Master of Music recipient of Juilliard under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. Her former teachers and mentors include Kyung Wha Chung, Namyun Kim and Choongjin Chang.

She is now pursing for her Artistic Diploma at the Colburn School with Robert Lipsett.


- REVIEWS -

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Brilliant Soloist” “A stratospheric violin solo,played with extraordinary luminosity and precision” by Fabiola Kim, “appeared to give off sparks”

THE STRAD KOREA “Her technique was impeccable from the beginning to the end, along with her interpretation… was full of flavor and brought life to the stage.”

RP Online 22 Nov 2016

Eine mehr als gute Geigerin spielte den Solopart im Forum: Fabiola Kim bezauberte das Publikum mit ihrem hinreißend geschmeidig gespielten Kantilenen und dem butterweichen Ton, den sie ihrer edlen Stradivari von 1733 entlockte. Poetisch und subtil, aber auch zupackend, virtuos, mit unbändiger Energie und spürbarer Freude an der prägnanten Rhythmik, insbesondere der charakteristischen Synkopen des böhmischen Furiant-Tanzes im letzten Satz. "Etwas Deutsches" als Zugabe war ein perfekt gespielter Bach.

A more-than-good violinist played the solo in the forum: Fabiola Kim enchanted the audience with her gently supple cantilenas and the buttery sound that she produced with her noble Stradivari dating from 1733. Poetic and subtle, but also gripping, virtuosic, with unbridled energy and tangible pleasure in the striking rhythms, especially the characteristic syncopations of the Bohemian Furiant dance in the last movement. "Something German" as an encore was a perfectly played Bach.

http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/leverkusen/dirigent-dirk-joeres-liefert-brahms-auf-dem-silbertablett-aid-1.6410913

Salzburger Nachrichten 20 Sept 2016

Als zweites symphonisches Orchester aus Südkorea, dem heurigen Partnerland des Linzer Brucknerfestes, hat am Montagabend in Linz das Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra unter seinem Chef Daejin Kim gastiert. Solistin des Linzer Konzerts war die junge ebenfalls aus Südkorea stammende Geigerin Fabiola Kim. Programm und Leistung der Ausführenden hätten sich wahrlich besseren Besuch verdient.

Im darauffolgenden Konzert für Violine und Orchester op. 14 von Samuel Barber glänzte die junge koreanische, nun aber in den USA lebende Solistin Fabiola Kim mit inniger Interpretation. Dem Fabrikanten, der die Komposition für ein von ihm adoptiertes Geigen-Wunderkind in Auftrag gegeben hatte, war sie zunächst zu leicht und ohne Virtuosität. Das wusste Barber dann im dritten Satz zu bereinigen. Er schuf ein entfesseltes "Presto in moto perpetuo" in welchem Fabiola Kim mit irrwitzigem Tempo brillieren konnte. Großer Jubel für die strahlende Solistin, deren Lächeln im Gegensatz zu den versteinerten Mienen der Streicherabteilung des Orchesters stand.

As the second symphonic orchestra from South Korea, this year's partner country at the Linz Brucknerfest, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra was hosted by Daejin Kim on Monday evening in Linz. The soloist of the concert was the young violinist Fabiola Kim from South Korea. The program and performance of the performers should have earned a much better acclamation. In the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra op. 14 by Samuel Barber, the young Korean Fabiola Kim, who now lives in the USA, glowed with deep interpretation. The composition was initially considered too easy and lacking in virtuosity by the manufacturer who had commissioned the composition for a violin miracle-child he had adopted. But Barber made up for this in the third movement. He created an unfettered "Presto in moto perpetuo" in which Fabiola Kim shone with a crazy-fast tempo. It was a great joy for the brilliant soloist, whose smile contrasted with the petrified faces of the orchestra's string section.

http://www.salzburg.com/nachrichten/oesterreich/kultur/sn/artikel/gesamt-koreas-heimliche-hymne-beim-linzer-brucknerfest-214695/

  Nachrichten AT 19 Sept 2016

Danach interpretierte die international höchst erfolgreiche Geigerin Fabiola Kim das Violinkonzert von Samuel Barber mit virtuosem Elan, technischer Bravour und großer musikalischer Geste. Ihr Spiel ist von echter Leidenschaft geprägt, und Fabiola Kim begeistert mit feiner Phrasierungskunst und plastisch durchsichtiger und dennoch warm vollmundiger Klanglichkeit.

The internationally successful violinist Fabiola Kim interpreted the violin concerto by Samuel Barber with virtuoso vigor, technical bravura and great musical touch. Her playing is marked by real passion, and Fabiola Kim inspires with her fine phrasing and sculpturally transparent, yet warm, full-bodied sound. 

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 22 Nov 2016

Die Geigerin Fabiola Kim vermochte dieses üppige, romantische Feurwerk im Forum in so konzentrierter Form herüberbringen, als habe sie Dvoraks Böhmen aus jedem Blickwinkel kennenglernt. Mit dieser Solistin zeigten Dirk Joeres und seine Westdeutsche Sinfonia Leverkusen an ihrem beliebten Klassik-Sonntag wieder einmal gutes Gespür für ungewöhnliche Künstler. Kim ist eine erstklassige Musikerin, die Dvoraks mitunter sprödes, aber ungemein leidenschaftliches Werk vom ersten bis sum letzten Ton mit Spannung zu erzählen vermochte. Ihr Instrument ist eine Stradivari aus dem Jahre 1733, die schon der Geigenvirtuose und Komponist Fritz Kreisler spielte.

The violinist Fabiola Kim was able to bring this lavish, romantic firework to the forum in such a concentrated form that it seemed that she had personally gotten to know every aspect of Dvorak's Bohemians . With this soloist, Dirk Joeres and his West German Sinfonia Leverkusen once again showed an excellent intuition for presenting out-of-the-ordinary artists on the popular Classical Sunday program. Kim is a first-rate musician, who was able to present Dvorak's sometimes brittle but extremely passionate work with great excitement from the first to the last note. Her instrument is a Stradivarius from the year 1733, which previously belonged to the violin virtuoso and composer Fritz Kreisler.

http://www.nachrichten.at/nachrichten/kultur/Feines-Meisterspiel-mit-Suedkoreas-Tonkunst;art16,2351862