Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. She has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall's Zankel and Weill Recital Halls, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Ms. Kim also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
A native of La Crosse, WI, Karen Kim received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance, and her master’s degree in chamber music, from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein; she has also studied jazz violin with vocalist Dominique Eade. She has collaborated with Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and Shai Wosner, among others. Ms. Kim plays a Joseph Rocca violin made in 1852.
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