Meet Violinist Jaclyn Kim
Jaclyn Kim began playing violin at just four years old and she’s been perfecting her talent ever since. Learn more about Jaclyn, listen to her favorite pieces and more!
Name: Jaclyn Kim
Hometown: La Palma, CA
Years with the Redlands Symphony: 4
Where did you study music?
Growing up in Southern California, I began playing the violin at age four and developed my skills in the pre-college program at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. I completed my undergraduate degree and master’s degree in violin performance at California State University of Long Beach where I was awarded the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Endowed Scholarship, studying with Lorenz Gamma and Moni Simeonov.
I also received the University String Quartet scholarship and was Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra concertmaster from 2012 - 2018. During my studies, I toured to Busan, South Korea and soloed on tour to Berlin, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic.
What other groups do you play with?
I substitute for Pacific Symphony Orchestra and play for Oceanside String Quartet.
Who are your favorite composers?
Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Arvo Pärt.
What are some of your favorite pieces to play and/or listen to?
- Brahms - Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25
- Brahms - Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2
- Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8
- Bloch - Nigun
- Vivaldi’s Winter Recomposed by Max Richter
- Arvo Pärt - Fratres for violin
- Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel
- Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
- Stabat Mater: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa
- Chick Corea - Armando's Rhumba
What was your proudest moment as a musician?
When I was in my first year as a master’s student, I took a class called Orchestra Literature. In the class, the students learn and perform numerous orchestra excerpts to prepare for real orchestra auditions. At the end of the year, the students have a choice to either perform for a mock audition or take a real audition. Redlands Symphony was holding auditions that year, and I decided to take it. I had zero expectations for the audition and my only goals were to play my best and experience what an orchestra audition felt like. To my surprise, I won a seat in the orchestra and now this is my fourth year with Redlands Symphony!
How do you like to spend your spare time?
In my spare time, I make supplemental YouTube videos for my students and other violinists. I have many technical videos, Suzuki videos, and a couple of pop covers. They have been extremely helpful especially during the transition into teaching virtually.