Minji Kim is a student at Skyline High School. She began studying the violin at age 4 with her mother. She currently studies with Professor Aaron Berofsky at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Prior to this, she studied with Mr. Jeff Thayer, concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony.
Minji has competed and won in several competitions. Most recently, she placed first in the Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition held by the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, and Honorable Mention in the Elizabeth A. H. Green Solo Competition held by MASTA (Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers' Association).
In 2022, Minji attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as an Orchestral Scholar. She studied and performed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, sitting concertmistress for the opening, Interlochen Collage, and finale concerts. She also participated regularly in masterclasses held by the visiting Valade Concertmasters, such as Timothy Lees, Celestre Golden Boyer, Jeff Thayer, Dennis Kim, and Robert Cani, and studied in the Advanced String Quartet class, finishing the program with the Maddy Summer Artist Award. In 2023, she had the opportunity to spend the summer at Indiana University Strings Academy as a scholarship recipient to study chamber music further. Beginning with her first solo recital at age 5, and an orchestral solo debut in San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) at age 12, Minji has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral member. She served as a concertmistress for multiple years in SDYS, and participated in benefit concerts and community service as well. Minji has performed in venues such as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, Qualcomm Hall, Baker-Baum Hall at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, and Copley Symphony Hall at the Jacobs Music Center in San Diego. She plays on a 2011 Douglas C. Cox violin, granted to her as a scholarship from the VIRTU Foundation. Outside of music, Minji assists teaching Korean language and culture to young children at the Korean School of Ann Arbor. She also enjoys school and spending time with her family. She hopes to communicate with diverse audiences through her music someday.