Young-Nam Kim

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Associate Professor: Violin

Noted by the New York Times for “sparkling virtuosity, strong colors and intense lyricism,“ violinist Young-Nam Kim has appeared widely in the United States and Europe in summer festivals, recitals and as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.  In addition to the standard repertoire, Mr. Kim has premiered more than a score of works by important composers of today. He also served on the jury of many competitions including the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy.

Mr. Kim, who soloed with the Seoul Philharmonic while still in his early teens, moved to the United States while still in high school and studied primarily with Louis Krasner in Syracuse and Boston.  His other teachers include Felix Galimir in New York and Zino Francescatti in Switzerland.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which is celebrating its 14th season, Mr. Kim frequently performs in concerts with such distinguished artists such as Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Samuel Rhodes, David Shifrin, Fred Sherry, Yo-Yo Ma and others. His live performances and recordings are heard frequently on National Public Radio and his CMSM concerts are regularly aired on Minnesota Public Radio.  Most recently Mr. Kim recorded Chen Yi’s new string trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man for Sony Classics.

He also served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and his recording of two violin concertos written for him by Gunther Schuller and Peter Child with the MIT Wind Ensemble was released on Innova Records in the fall of 2004 with much critical acclaim.

In April of 2004 Young-Nam Kim made a historic appearance representing the U.S. in Pyongyang, North Korea, performing four concerts in the International Spring Arts Festival.

A long time faculty member and head of chamber music activities at Gunther Schuller’s Festival at Sandpoint, Mr. Kim founded, in 2002, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute/Festival held annually in August on Burntside Lake near Ely, Minnesota. 

At the University of Minnesota Mr. Kim co-directs the New Music Ensemble in addition to his violin studio, and was named the University’s Distinguished McKnight Scholar in 1999 and received a Presidential Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000. In December 2001 Mr. Kim was honored as one of six and the only musician to be named “Artist of the Year“ by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Young-Nam Kim resides in St Paul with his wife and three children.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • chamber music
  • string orchestra
  • violin
Courses Taught
  • MusA 1105 - Violin--Elective
  • MusA 1305 - Violin--Major
  • MusA 1405 - Violin--Secondary
  • MusA 1505 - Violin--Major
  • MusA 1905 - Violin--Transfer
  • MusA 2305 - Violin-Performance Major
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Lecture, MIT, Cambridge, MA: "Hun-Qiao - Music for Remembrance and Reconciliation": May 2, 2002
  • Member, Ensemble Committee, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Undergraduate Committee, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Student Academic Affairs Council, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Founder and Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of MN: 1982
  • Founder and Artistic Director, Lowertown Brownbag Concert Series, Lowertown, St. Paul, MN: 2002
  • Founder and Artistic Director, Northern Lights Summers Chamber Music Institute, Ely, MN: 2002


  • Member, Arts Task Force, St. Paul, MN: 2002
  • Panel Member, development of the St. Paul Lowertown Arts Community: 2002


  • Performance: Peter Child: Violin Concerto with MIT Wind Ensemble, Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA: May 3, 2002
  • Performance: Paul Schoenfield: Partita for Violin and Piano at Chamber Music Society of MN Concert, St. Paul, MN: March 17, 2002
  • Performance: Isang Yun: Jindo Aiang for solo violin at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY: October 24, 2002
  • McKnight Research Award
  • Artist-in-Residence, Massachussets Institute of Technology, April 28, 2002 - May 8, 2002