Aram Kim, 14, was born and raised in Albany, New York, where she started playing the violin at the age of 6. Her past teachers include Anna Durand, Jill Levy and Joo-Yeon Lee. She is currently studying under the instruction of Khullip Jeung. Aram joined Youth Orchestra of Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO), led by Music Director and Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo, at the age of 11 as the youngest member of the elite orchestra in its history.
She has won a few competitions, which include second place in the Junior Division of the Camerata Artists International Competition in January of 2016, Lois Lymann Concerto Competition as the youngest winner ever in the competition in September 2016 and had a winner’s concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in November 2016. Merkin Concert Hall in New York City is another place she performed as the first prize winner of the VIVO International Music Competition and she was picked as the Gold Prize winner of the junior division in December 2016. She was the representative of New York State for the junior string division of the State Competition of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in October 2016 and won second place in MTNA’s Eastern Division Competition in Boston in January 2017. She also won second prize in the Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition in April 2017, Bronze Award in the International Virtuoso Competition, and first prize in the Uel Wade Scholarship Competition in May 2017.
Aram has attended the 4 Strings Music Festival. She recently got accepted for the Pre-College program of The Juilliard School. She is currently using a violin of Alceste Bulfari, 1986, provided by a scholarship grant from The Virtu Foundation. In the future, Aram plans to major and pursue a career in music. Away from the world of classical music, she loves reading and writing stories.