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Next year's Young Artists Competition will be held
January 13, 2019 1pm, Music Hall, Iowa State
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Young Artists Competition - 2018 Winners


            Joanna Kim                                       Chris Kyurim Kim

Joanna Kim began cello at the age of nine with Julie Hochman and is currently studying with George Work. She is the principal cellist of lowa State Strings chamber orchestra and co-principal cellist of Des Moines Youth Symphony. Joanna was the principal cellist of Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra in 2013 and the co-principal cellist of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She played in the California All State Orchestra for four years, and was co-principal in 2017. She played in Iowa All State Orchestra in 2017 as principal cellist. She played in the 2015 and 2016 CODA All State Honor Orchestras.

From Seoul, South Korea, Chris Kyurim Kim started violin at the age of four. In 2016, he moved to Ames, with his family. He studied with Julie Fox Henson, the assistant concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, and played at several of her studio concerts. From 2016, he participated in the Des Moines Youth Philharmonic, as a member of first violin section, and became the assistant concertmaster in 2017. He has attended Stringwood Chamber Music festival and performed in a master class with the violinist Bin Huang from the Eastman School of Music. He also participated in the Midwest Violin Caucus at University of Northern Iowa in 2016 and 2017. As a current fifth grader at Fellows Elementary School in Ames, he is studying with Jonathan Sturm, the concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony and Professor of Music at Iowa State University.

Young Artists - Eric Weber Recordings
Chris Kyurim Kim - In Performance, March 2018
Joanna Kim - In Performance, March 2018

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