Los Angeles native violinist Michelle Kim recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music receiving her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Axel Strauss, where she was the recipient of the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Foundation Scholarship. A passionate chamber musician, Michelle was a full scholarship recipient at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Orvieto Musica Chamber Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy and the Mendocino Music Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. In addition to performing with numerous orchestras and groups throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, Michelle has shared the stage with Mike Patton at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and with rock band Chicago as a part of San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra. Prior to her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, Ms. Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree at California State University Northridge, where she studied with long-time teacher Michael Ferril and chamber music with Dmitry Rachmanov and Diane Roscetti. During her time at Northridge, she participated in the National Exchange Program where she spent a year in New York City studying with Lewis Kaplan from the Juilliard School and his assistant, Muneko Otani, first violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet.
Throughout her musical education, Michelle has been fortunate enough to receive guidance from eminent musicians and pedagogues including Aimee Kreston, Sir Simon Rattle, Roy Malan, Eugene Drucker, Ian Swensen, Bruce Dukov, Mark Sokol, Scott Yoo and Stephen Rose. Michelle is the founding director of a collective string ensemble, Alira Strings.