Han Soo Kim, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music & Head of Strings
(805) 565-6842

Office Location

Music Building 208

Office Available

By appointment


Violin, Chamber Music


Kim "gave the audience a rich sampling of his versatility. Kim has an expressive temperament: his playing is irresistibly dynamic and colorful. The [program] revealed Kim's sure ear, clean articulation, and maturity of interpretation." CASA Magazine

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 playing is described as a "musical gift of rare beauty" The Korea Times. 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 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 Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Boston Conservatory, 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 soloist with orchestras in the US and abroad performing standard concertos to contemporary world premieres.

Dr. Kim has earned Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance under a fellowship grant. His Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance are from the prestigious The Juilliard School where he was a merit scholarship recipient studying under the tutelage of the venerable pedagogue, Professor Sally Thomas. Other influential teachers and mentors include Roman Totenberg and Pamela Frank. He has extensively worked with distinguished chamber music artists including Emerson, Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets. He has held scholastic positions including Artistic Director 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, he 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 close musical relationships with his collaborators and concert artists including Constantine Finehouse, Dr. Sang Yhee, Dr. Hailey Kim, and Dr. Joanne Kim. As a Promessa Records Artist he has released Encore Favori, a solo CD featuring a dozen encores and virtuosic showpieces. He will be releasing more albums with Promessa Records in the future including an all-Brahms program. He devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching, traveling for lectures and masterclasses, as well as maintaining an internationally active recording and performance schedule.

At Westmont College, Dr. Kim is Head of Strings and teaches alongside his wife, Joanne Kim, a clarinetist. He is Founder and Director of Westmont Academy for Young Artists and is on the faculty at Chamber Music Society of Santa Barbara, Montecito International Music Festival and InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. He has served as Chair of Adjudicators of the New York International Music Competition and is currently the string adjudicator for Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Awards. He performs on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1721 and his CDs can be purchased at the Westmont College bookstore and hanjoannekim.com

In his spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, Dolce, exploring new restaurants in Santa Barbara, playing pool, and gardening.