"Beautiful phrasing and understanding of character of the music." "Bravo! A pleasure to listen to." These are just some of the comments from judges of 2006 Mary Graham Lasley Competition, where Violinist Najin Kim was awarded the first prize.

Born in Seoul, Ms. Kim began her violin studies at the age of 4, and soon was recognized as a child with an exceptional talent after winning the first prize at Korean Daily Newspaper Competition at the age of 7, followed by the second prize at Ewha Kyung-Hyang Competition a few years later. At the age of 9, Ms. Kim made the first trip to US to perform Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the Northeast Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. In 1993, Ms. Kim moved to New York to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned a Pre-College degree and a Bachelor's degree in violin performance in the studios of Dorothy Delay, Wonbin Yim, and Hyo Kang. Ms. Kim went on to earn her Master's degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ms. Kim participated the first Annual Young Artist Starling-Delay Symposium in 2001 as a Young Artist, and performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto in the masterclasses of two World-Renowned violinists, Midori and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg at Lincoln Center in New York.

As a recipient of various scholarships and grants, Ms. Kim regularly performs around the world. Ms. Kim participated in various summer music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, and Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West, to name a few. An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim won the Young Chamber Musicians' competition at the Lincoln Center of New York, where her group presented the award performance of Brahms Piano Quintet. She is also a member of National Chamber Ensemble, the ensemble in residence in Arlington, VA. Her previous chamber coaches include Orion String Quartet, Toby Appel, Lewis Kaplan, Melvin Chen, Peter Oundjian, Tokyo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Seth Knopp, Alan Stepansky, and Benjamin Pasternack.

Ms. Kim received Graduate Performance Degree from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a full scholarship recipient in the studio of Herbert Greenberg. Her achievements also include winning the professional division at Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the 1st prize of Mary Graham Lasley Competition. In 2009, Ms. Kim was appointed Assistant Principal at Washington Opera Orchestra under Artistic Director Placido Domingo. Ms. Kim's LIVE!! performance CD is now on sale. For more information, please email at support@najinkim.com