|Revised Romanization||Gim Chaerin|
Chaerin Kim (born 1978) is a South Korean harpist.
Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. Kim's musical background began studying piano at the age of 6. In addition, cello studies and voice lessons began for her at the age of 9. She was the Grand Prize Winner of Korean Student's Newspaper Music Competition in Piano, in Seoul and the Walgan Music Competition Bronze Medalist in Piano, also in Seoul.
At age 18, Kim began learning the harp. Kim received her bachelor's degree from Ewha University in Seoul, graduating with highest honors, and performing the Pierne Concerto with the Ewha University symphony, as the winner of the soloist competition. Her successful performance resulted in sponsorship from the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. She was a guest soloist to perform Debussy's Danses and Ravel's Introduction et Allegro with the Yonsei Sinfonietta.
While pursuing her master's degree program in Ewha University, she was offered a scholarship for the Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received a degree with distinction. Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London brought her much success, winning the Julia Leney Harp Prize, the Foundation Award, and the M. A. Garrett Award. Kim became the recipient of a diploma for musical skills from the International Harp Competition in Russia, as winner of the best performance of Russian music. Consequently, she performed live on national radio and television in Russia and South Korea. Kim completed her Masters of Music degree program at Yale University, where she performed with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra as an orchestra harpist at Carnegie Hall, and got invited for the artist diploma at Yale University and the graduate diploma at New England Conservatory. However, she decided to pursue her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University, where she was offered “The College of Fine Arts award” with a full scholarship, and she was "the quickest recipient of the Doctorate Degree" in BU's music department history completing her doctorate in 3 and a half years.
She also continued her piano study with professor Maria Clodes as a minor during her doctorate in harp performance. She also got the Department Honors Award from Boston University. She has performed the Ginastera Concerto as a Korean Premiere with the Sung Nam Philharmonic at the International Music Festival and broadcast live in South Korea, and with the Boston University Symphony as the winner of their soloist competition.
Kim has given numerous performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra harpist, in South Korea, Switzerland, England, France, Wales, Russia, and the United States of America, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, London Salvi Harp Hall, Royal Academy in London Concert Hall, Yale University Sprague Memorial Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Seizi Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Music Center Shed, Boston University Tsai Performing Center and Concert Hall, NEC Jordan Hall, and Seoul Arts Concert Hall and Young San Art Hall, Hyundae-to Art Hall.
Kim is an Adjunct Professor of Applied Harp in the Music Department of Eastern Nazareth College. Kim is also a harp faculty member at Harvard University through the Office of Arts. Kim is an Associate Lecturer at University of Massachusetts Boston. Since 2010, Kim is an artist in residence at Beechwood Knoll School. Kim is the harp faculty member at the Youth and Muse International Music Festival.
- 2002 Foundation Award. London, England.
- 2003 M.A. Garrett Award. London, England.
- 2005 CFA Award. Boston, Mass.
- 2008 Soloist Competition at Boston University. Winner.
- Harpist Chaerin Kim Official Website
- USA International Music Competition
- Hingham Journal: "The Colors of Music"
- Moazine: "2007 Korean International Music Festival"
- The Music Education News
- Ginastera Harp Concerto Live Performance
- Music Journal: "Focus Light"
- 2007 KIMF
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