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YOONAH KIM  CLARINETIST

“…the alternating alarms and chirps, both chilling and playful, in “Abyss of the Birds,” a lengthy solo played with inexhaustible virtuosity by Ms. Kim.”

-The New York Times

 

ABOUT YOONAH KIM

VERSATILE CLARINETIST
from Johannes Brahms to Jorg Widmann

Hailed by The New York Times for her "inexhaustible virtuosity", clarinetist Yoonah Kim is rapidly earning recognition as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility. Yoonah is a winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.  The first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years, this Korean-Canadian artist joins the ranks of prominent solo clarinetists discovered by CAG, including David Shifrin, Michael Collins, and David Krakauer.


Select highlights of Yoonah’s 2018-19 season include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and the World Premiere of a new concerto by Eric Nathan for Violin and Clarinet, with violinist Stefan Jackiw and the New York Classical Players, as well as chamber music at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.  Also this season are special performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell and pianist Orion Weiss at Princeton University and the Crypt in New York City. 


Prior to a busy summer 2018 season—featuring California’s Festival Napa Valley, Maine’s Bay Chamber Music Festival, and a tour of Greece at the invitation of composer Lowell Liebermann—Yoonah’s 2017-18 season had many high points.  Starting with her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, she also gave debut recitals for Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series, Washington Performing Arts’ Music in the Country series, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock and Union County Performing Arts Center (NJ).  She also appeared as concerto soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony (Maryland), and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra (Chicago).


In 2016, Yoonah became the first woman to win first prize at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, leading to her world premiere performance of Pocket Concerto by American composer Dag Gabrielsen at The Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, presented by Yamaha.  Earlier that year, she was a featured soloist at Juilliard’s Focus Festival, performing Donald Martino’s A Set for Clarinet at Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City.


From 2016 to 2018, Yoonah was a member of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), a highly selective two-year fellowship program under the joint auspices of Carnegie Hall, The Weill Institute, and The Juilliard School.  With Ensemble Connect, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, often in collaboration with renowned conductors and guest artists.  One recent Zankel Hall performance was conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and in December 2016, she performed in France at the Philharmonie de Paris, featuring soprano Natalie Dessay


As principal clarinetist of The Juilliard Orchestra and The Mannes Orchestra, Yoonah has performed at prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space. Yoonah has also served as principal clarinetist of the New York Youth Symphony and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she appeared in the internationally televised closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Also an active chamber musician, Yoonah tours regularly with the ensembles FOUNDERS and Frisson, and has appeared at chamber music festivals, including the Chautauqua Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and The Banff Centre Music Festivall.  She has been invited to participate in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival beginning in summer 2019.


In addition to her appearances on stage, Yoonah is also committed to teaching.  Through her extensive educational outreach working with Ensemble Connect, she serves as an education ambassador for Carnegie Hall at New York City schools.  She is also currently on the faculty of New York School of Music and Art and maintains a small private studio in New York City.  


Born in Seoul and raised in British Columbia, Yoonah Kim holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music at The New School, where she studied clarinet under Charles Neidich.

 

UPCOMING CONCERTS

2019-2020 Season

 

September 30- October 4, 2019

BOLIVIA TOUR

Yoonah Kim joins New York Classical Players.

Mozart Clarinet Concerto 

Widmann Fantasie for Solo Clarinet

October 7, 9, 2019

RHAPSODY IN BLUE FOR SOLO CLARINET

Yoonah Kim joins New York Classical Players and performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Solo Clarinet and String Orchestra

7:30 PM

Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, Korea

October 10, 2019

SALON CONCERT

Salon Concert

joined by Violinist Siwoo Kim

October 11, 2019

RHAPSODY IN BLUE FOR SOLO CLARINET

Yoonah Kim joins New York Classical Players and performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Solo Clarinet and String Orchestra
7:30 PM
Daegu, Korea

October 29, 2019

DEAR CLARA,
RECITAL AT MERKIN HALL, NYC

2:00 PM
Merkin Hall
New York, NY

November 12, 2019

GLEMA MAHR RECITAL SERIES

Dear Clara clarinet recital

Jinhee Park, Piano

PAST CONCERTS

 

RECITAL AT ST. VINCENT

September 7, 2019

Dear Clara Program
Jinhee Park, Piano

 
 
 

REVIEWS

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“…the alternating alarms and chirps, both chilling and playful, in “Abyss of the Birds,” a lengthy solo played with inexhaustible virtuosity by Ms. Kim.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Clarinetist Yoonah Kim...won the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition — the first solo clarinetist to do so in nearly 30 years."

THE STRAD

"...rhythmic vivacity and ... great sensitivity "

OBERON'S GROVE

"Yoonah Kim took all the score's demands in stride, displaying great subtlety as she fined her clarinet-voice down to a thread... virtuoso performance"

BROADSTREET REVIEW

"Kim’s performance of the third movement, “Abyss of birds,” for solo clarinet, explores instrumental possibilities I scarcely knew existed. Has a clarinetist ever held a note that long before, or with greater effect? At one point, I felt as though a sonorous note entered my right ear, transformed the grey matter in my brain, and exited in a blaze of fire through the left. This isn’t music: it’s chemical transformation."

TIMES UNION

"...endless silken tone... full and ringing clarinet sound"

OBERON'S GROVE

"...captured the oscillating clarinet...with a clear, mysterious sound - managing to shade the lower register parts of the work with a dusty timbre... added  flair to the jazzy sections making them come to life..."

YOUR OBSERVOR SARASOTA, FL

"Clarinetist Yoonah Kim ... gave a colorful reading of four sections from Stravinsky's 'L'Histoire du Soldat,' that was so filled with swagger, we hardly missed the narration."

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CONTACT

FOR BOOKINGS PLEASE CONTACT:

Concert Artists Guild 

booking@concertartists.org

www.concertartists.org

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