Han Soo Kim
Assistant Professor Of Music
Phone: (805) 565-6842
Office Location: Music Building 208
Violin, Strings, Chamber Music
Violinist, Han Soo Kim is an award-winning and internationally accomplished artist who has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries on four continents. He has been praised by many audiences around the world for his passion, sensitivity, and charisma. His knowledge and versatility allow him to perform a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire.
Dr. Kim has concertized extensively as a solo performer, duo-recitalist, and chamber musician. In the United States, he has performed in some of the nation’s most prominent venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Cutler Majestic Theater, Jordan Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall and The Kennedy Center. Performances have also led him to world renowned conservatories, music schools and festivals including Boston Conservatory, Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Columbia University, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Musicorda, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University. He has appeared as a soloist in concerto performances with orchestras including works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, as well as six contemporary world premieres.
Dr. Kim has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance under a fellowship grant. His education includes violin performance degrees from the prestigious The Juilliard School as a merit scholarship recipient under the tutelage of the venerable pedagogue, Professor Sally Thomas. He has extensively worked with distinguished chamber music artists including Emerson, Guarneri, and Juilliard String Quartets. He has held scholastic positions including violin faculty and Director of Strings, and has also been invited to adjudicate numerous competitions. His passion for sharing musical knowledge and experience to young musicians has taken him to many different parts of the world. As an avid educator, Dr. Kim has been invited to give lectures, workshops and master classes on technique, innovative practice methods and performance. In New York, he has taught classes at Meadowmount School of Music, Stony Brook University and Pre-Colleges of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.
Dr. Kim maintains a close musical relationship with his sister Dr. Hanui Kim, a cellist, and his colleague and pianist, Mr. Jie Roger Luo, who he has been collaborating with for over a decade. He has released a CD with Promessa Records featuring a dozen encores and showpieces, and will be releasing more albums in the near future including the complete Brahms Sonatas. Dr. Kim devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching, travelling for lectures and master classes, as well as maintaining an internationally active recording and performance schedule.
He performs on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1721.
At Westmont College, Dr. Kim teaches alongside his wife, Joanne Kim, a clarinetist.