Ariana Kim


Has played with The Knights since: 2006.

Favorite Knights moment: our performance of Beethoven 7 at the Dresden Frauenkirche.

Most unexpected Knights moment: sitting next to David Blaine on the flight back from a recent tour!

Noted by The New York Times for giving "the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness" and having "played with soulful flair," violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her third year as a professor at Cornell University.  At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.

An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana now marks her tenth season as a member of the critically-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, with whom she improvises, performs, composes, and records.  Their debut CD of Earle Brown chamber works on the Mode Records label has now been followed by two self-release albums.  She is also currently in her eleventh season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which has brought about collaborations with pianist Leon Fleisher, violinist Robert Mann, cellist Fred Sherry, violist Nobuko Imai, and clarinetist Charles Neidich. Ariana is also a long-time member of The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse flux ensemble that performs programs ranging from unconducted chamber works to the great symphonic masterpieces of the 20th century.  In January of 2015, she was a featured soloist on their most recent album released on Warner Classics in Steve Reich's "Duet" for two violins and strings alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love."

Ariana has spent summers at Ravinia's Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d'Arts, as well as serving on the faculty of the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute (MN), the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop (CA), and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Festival (CA).  A passionate educator, Ariana works annually with two Title One schools in San Jose, CA and has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad at such institutions as Kent State University, The MacPhail Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Her most recent engagements have included the world premiere of Peter Child's "Afterglow" for string quartet and wind ensemble, performed at MIT, a new chamber opera "Thomas Paine in Violence" written for Ne(x)tworks by Paul Pinto, a European tour with the Knights, and a guest appearance with Brooklyn Rider at the American Academy in Rome.  A recipient of an Affinito-Stewart Grant and a Society for the Humanities Grant, Ariana will release her first solo album in November of 2015, which will feature works for solo violin and violin plus one, written by American women composers.  

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