Stephen Kim (violin) was one of our youngest contestants, winning the Khuner Competition at age 11 in 2007. He began playing violin at the age of three, and studied with Bettina Mussumeli at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since age eight. When he was 10, he won the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra concerto competition. In 2009, he made his Carnegie Hall debut. In 2010, at age 15, he was named Third Laureate in the Stradivarius International Violin Competition with his performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor at Davies Symphony Hall, winning rave reviews. When he was 18, he played Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto in D Major in the final of the 2014 Menuhin Competition in Austin. He placed fourth, alongside the first place winner, Stephen Waarts, who was the 2010 Khuner Competition winner. In 2015, at age 19, Stephen was one of six finalists in the Seoul International Violin Competition in Korea. By the time he graduated high school, he had won three violin competitions at the International Music Competition in Aspen.
Stephen entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2013, pursuing a music degree and studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Joseph Silverstein. He plays a Guarnerius del Gesù violin, on loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and the Stradivari Society of Chicago. (Resume updated by Concerto Committee in 2016 from reliable online sources.)