An artist of impeccable elegance and poise, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved an international career performing with the leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Kang’s other accolades include 1st prizes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010).
Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kang has since performed with leading orchestras across Europe including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In the USA she has performed with orchestras including the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras, whilst elsewhere highlights have included appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, NCPA Beijing Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony. A prominent figure in Korea, Clara-Jumi Kang has performed with all of the major Korean orchestras and in 2012 was selected as one of the top 100 “Most promising and influential people of Korea” by major Korean newspaper DongA Times. She returns annually to Korea for tours and was awarded the 2012 Daewon Music Award for her outstanding international achievements
She has collaborated with eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Lionel Briguier, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Gidon Kremer, Gilbert Varga, Lü Jia, Myun-Whun Chung, Heinz Holliger and Kazuki Yamada.
Clara-Jumi Kang’s first solo album entitled “Modern Solo” was released on Decca in 2011 and featured works including Schubert’s Erl König, Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas. Her second recording for the label of Brahms and Schumann Violin Sonatas with pianist Yeol-Eum Son was released in 2016.
A devoted chamber musician, Kang is a regular visitor to festivals across Asia and Europe, with recent highlights including the Pyeongchang, Hong Kong, Ishikawa, Majorca and Marvao Chamber Music Festivals. She is also a member of the Berlin Spectrum Concerts series and has collaborated with artists including Sunwook Kim, Boris Brovtsyn, Guy Braunstein, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky and Julian Rachlin.
Concerto highlights of the 2017/18 season include her debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Tatsuya Shimono performing Berg Violin Concerto. She tours Europe with the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra and Heinz Holliger including performances at the Hamburg Elbphiharmonie, Brucknerhaus Linz and the Bratislava Festival and returns to the Seoul Philharmonic/Poppen, Poznan Philharmonic/Boreyko and Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Poppen as well as undertaking engagements with the Macao Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic and appearing at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Rheinische Philharmonie Staatsorchester.
Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of three and a year later enrolled as the youngest ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschuhle. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of seven was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. She took her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.
Clara-Jumi Kang currently plays the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loan to her from the Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.
This week, Clara Jumi Kang is with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and she will be performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major under the baton of Christoph Poppen.