Violinist Sooah Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and began playing violin at the age of six. She pursued music studies at Seoul Arts High School where she excelled not only in music performance but academically as well, receiving top honors and advancing to the most prestigious Seoul National University College of Music where she has received a scholarship each year. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to the United States to earn an Artist Diploma from Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Robert Lipsett.
She has appeared as a soloist with Jamie Laredo and the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, and was invited as a soloist by the Pan Pacific Music Festival in Australia and the Young Artist Music Festival in Korea. She also appeared as a soloist to perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Colburn Zipper Hall. She has had numerous performances with world-class musicians such as Ron Leonard, John Perry, Paul Coletti, Antonio Lysy.
Among her many accomplishments are top prizes at the Strad Music Competition, the Korean-German Brahms Competition, and the Korean International Music Foundation Music Competition. She served as a concertmaster of YMF Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.
She was invited with scholarships to spend summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Beaux-Arts Trio Music Festival, Denis Curs International De Musica, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Musashino Music Academy, Encore Music Festival.
She currently serves as an associate concertmaster of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and performs with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera.