Anna Im (South Korea)
Anna Im was the First Prize winner of the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.
Hailed for her extraordinary and beautiful sound as a soloist with expressive artistry, as well as being an engaging and passionate chamber musician, Anna has appeared as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Salzburg Schlösskonzert, Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
Anna won top prizes at various competitions in her native Korea at an early age. Since beginning her studies abroad, she has been a prizewinner, laureate, and finalist in various international competitions such as the BBC Young Musician and Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Competition. She has participated in many festivals including the Kronberg Academy Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and Aspen Music Festival.
Anna began playing violin at the age of seven and was invited to perform for the Thai Royal Family when she was eight. She won the Little Mozart Competition in Korea at the age of nine and was invited to play with the Schlösskonzert at the Mirabell Palace in Austria as a result. At the age of 13, she was admitted to the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts on a full scholarship. In 2012 she moved to the UK to study with So-Ock Kim, professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Anna began her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Aaron Rosand, as a Dorothy and Ray Posel Fellow, continuing under the tutelage of Shmuel Ashkenasi. At Curtis, Anna is the Dorothy and Ray Posel Fellow. She has maintained her studies with So-Ock Kim since 2012, and her other principal teachers have included Hae Yeup Yang, Sung Sic Yang, and Paul Kim.
Anna has been kindly loaned a fine violin from Beares International Violin Society.