Benny Kim

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Benny Kim (born 14 August 1962, Urbana, Illinois, USA[1]) is an American violinist of Korean ancestry. One of three sons of Hei Chu Kim and Hyung Ja Kim, his brother Eric Kim is a cellist.[2]

Kim's early teachers included Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. He studied at the Juilliard School under Dorothy DeLay, and graduated in 1986 with bachelor's and master's degrees. In 1981, he was a prize-winner in the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition.[3] In 1983, he won the Young Concert Artists competition.[4]

Kim has a specific focus on chamber music performances[5][6][7] and is a regular featured musician at chamber music festivals such as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival,[8] Music from Angel Fire, La Jolla SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Laurel Festival. He has also been active as a concerto soloist.[1]

In 1995, Kim joined the violin faculty at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and currently has the title of associate professor.


  1. ^ a b Loisann Oakes (1992-03-06). "Violinist Still On Lvco's Musical Path". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  2. ^ Anthony Tommasini (25 February 2002). "Harmonic Friendship Invigorates An Evening". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  3. ^ Tim Page (6 November 1983). "Debuts in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  4. ^ Will Crutchfield (18 June 1984). "Naumberg Plays in Damrosch Park". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ Will Crutchfield (24 January 1985). "Juilliard Presents 3d In Contemporary Series". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  6. ^ Dave Irwin (1 March 1999). "String Fling". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  7. ^ Vivien Schweitzer (29 April 2009). "New Performance Math: Trio + Quartet = Septet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  8. ^ John Stege (20 August 2008). "Closing the Chamber Door: With Careful Subtlety to the End". Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 

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