Chris Kyurim Kim (Age: 11)
From Seoul, South Korea, Chris Kyurim Kim started violin at the age of four. In 2016, he moved to Ames, with his family. He studied with Julie Fox Henson, the assistant concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, and played at several of her studio concerts. From 2016, he participated in the Des Moines Youth Philharmonic, as a member of first violin section, and became the assistant concertmaster in 2017. In 2017, He attended Stringwood Chamber Music festival in Minnesota and performed in a master classe with the violinist Bin Huang from the Eastman School of Music. He also participated in the Midwest Violin Caucus at University of Northern Iowa in 2016 and 2017. In January 2018, he won the Central Iowa Symphony Young Artists Competition and on March 4, he performed Mozart violin concerto no. 4 in D Major (1st movement) with Central Iowa Symphony as the 2018 competition winner. In February 2018, he performed in a master class with the violinist Simone Porter. As a current fifth grader at Fellows Elementary School in Ames, he is studying with Jonathan Sturm, the concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony and the professor of Music in Iowa State University.