Born in Seoul in 1982, So-Ock Kim moved to London at
the age of three. At 15, she was the youngest ever winner of the
gold medal in the prestigious Shell/LSO Competition playing the Tchaikovsky
concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. At 19,
So-Ock was selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust. Her teachers have included Itzhak
Rashkovsky, Felix Andrievsky and David Takeno.
So-Ock has given numerous critically acclaimed
performances around the world and at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican
Hall in London. Abroad she has comprehensively toured throughout Asia, Europe
and the US, performing concertos and recitals in the various international
music festivals, such as Schleswig Holstein, Beethoven Festival, Ravinia,
Mecklenburg, BBCProms, Radio France Festival and Aldeburgh. Many of her
performances have been broadcast on radio and television worldwide, including
the BBC, ABC, Radio France, RAI, KBS, Polish Radio and Classic FM.
So-Ock has made numerous acclaimed international
performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France, Sofia Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de
Montpellier, KBS Symphony, Torino Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Mexico State,
and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. She has recently performed with Krzystof
Penderecki and the Polish Radio Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the
Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily
Petrenko, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia,
London Mozart Players, Suwon Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Orchestra and the
English Chamber Orchestra.
So-Ock has a keen interest in the performance of new
works and has given several World Premieres that have been recorded for
Universal (France and Korea) and Naxos. Future concerts include further
performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican and Cadogan
Halls, the Westdeutsche Sinfonia, and
concerts and recitals in the Casals Festival, Herrenchimsee Festival,
Seoul International Music Festival, and her New York debut in Carnegie Weill
plays a fine 1706 Stradivarius Violin.