Born in 1994, Jisoo Kim has been studying the violin since the age of five. Her early teachers included Zoran Jakovic and Nam Cheol. Since 2005, she has been under the instruction of Ms. Naoko Tanaka at the Juilliard Pre-College Division with a full scholarship. Her playing has been praised for “its gracefulness, color and expressive temperament and projection in performance.”
At age nine, Jisoo made her concerto debut performing Haydn's G Major Violin concerto. She was invited to play Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra last year.In May 2007, Jisoo won first prize in the Juilliard Pre-College Division Concerto Competition, performing with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. She appeared in the cover page of the magazine Teen Strings, which was published countrywide. In 2008 and 2010, Jisoo won second prize and first prize at the New York Music Competition, resulting in a performance at Carnegie Hall. She won the second prize at the Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artists Competition in Hewlett, New York. In 2011, she won Grand Prize at the National Young Artists Chamber Music Competition. She recently won Second Prize at the New York International Music Competition and is scheduled to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto. Jisoo was concertmistress/principal for the NJ Region I High School Orchestra, NJ All-State High School Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and the World Youth Alliance Orchestra.
As a recitalist, she has appeared many times in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. She has appeared on Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Mannes College Concert Hall,and New York’s National Arts Club. She also performed in master classes with Violinist Philip Setzer, Sylvia Rosenberg, Ani Kavafian, Vera Beths, members of the Daedalus Quartet, and the Brooklyn Rider Quartet. She frequently performs duo-recitals with her brother, pianist Hyung-Do Kim, who attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division as well. Jisoo took part in this year’s Tenth Annual Humanity Awardsas an invited musician. In 2011, Jisoo was selected as a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. As a result, she performed at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts and appeared on WQXR (105.9) FM.
Jisoo resides in Palisades Park, New Jersey, where she is a senior at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack.