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Ji Hyun Kim

Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola
Smith Music Center #214
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The Korean-born violinist Dr. Ji Hyun Kim’s wide-ranging career has encompassed work as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator.

As an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Kim has made numerous media appearances worldwide and performed in major cities of South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Europe, and the United States. Her live performances have been featured on NZ TV3 National News, Australia’s ABC Classic FM and SBS Korean Radio, JTV Michigan, and WKAR PBS Broadcast. The outstanding musicality and alluring stage presence of Dr. Kim’s playing have been recognized through her success in both national and international competitions hosted by the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Foundation, Yamaha Music Society, Chamber Music New Zealand, Sydney Eisteddfod Foundation, and International Grieg Society.

As a dedicated educator with great interest in cultivating more positive and intimate performer-audience relationship, she has presented instrumental demonstrations and workshops to various audiences ranging from pre-school children to college level students and adults. Dr. Kim has taken the position as orchestral string coach and chamber music instructor of numerous schools and orchestras including Sydney Conservatorium High School, Jackson Youth Symphony, and MSU Concert Symphony Orchestras. She also has served on the juries for various auditions and competitions such as the Lansing Symphony’s Youth Competition and Homeschool Association Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Dr. Kim holds performance diplomas of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London, and received Bachelor of Music Performance under Christopher Kimber, with academic honors from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where she was the recipient of the Margaret Henderson Award and the Principal’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance Award. She completed her Masters Degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Walter Verdehr and Raphael Jimenez at Michigan State University, with cognate studies of Contemporary Art Music and Music Therapy. At MSU, she received numerous awards and grants including the Graduate Merit Fellowship, Alexander Schuster String Fellowship, and Romeo Tata Graduate Fellowship. Kim holds professional memberships in the Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, College Music Society, and American Federation of Musicians.

Dr. Kim is an assistant professor of violin and viola at Spring Arbor University and holds the artist-teacher in residence position with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011, she has also been serving as a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee and the acting assistant concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Kim spends her summers at the MASTA Summer String Camp and Jackson Symphony Summer Music Camp as the head string faculty.


  • D.M.A.: (Violin Performance) Michigan State University, 2010
  • M.M.: (Violin Performance) Michigan State University. 2006
  • B.A.: (Music in Violin Performance) Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2015