Assistant Principal Second Violin
Najin Kim was appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra in 2009. She was previously Associate Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007. She studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School and continued her studies with Syoko Aki at Yale University School of Music. She also attended the Peabody Institute, where she studied with Herbert Greenberg.
Ms. Kim participated in the numerous summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. She was a featured Young Artist at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on violin studies and performed the Shostakovich violin concerto in the masterclasses of two world-renowned violinists, Midori and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Ms. Kim won the professional division at the Baltimore Music Club competition and the first prize at the Mary Graham Lasley competition. She was invited to perform as guest concertmaster of the Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, where she appeared also as a soloist.
Ms. Kim has performed chamber music at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. She is a founding member of the Lab Piano Trio, with her brother who is an active cellist in Seoul. The LPT performs every summer throughout the concert halls of Korea, including Seongnam Arts Center, Kumho art hall, and Coex art hall.