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Dami Kim Co-Winner Hannover

Wins 50,000 euro, concerts, recording, 18th Century violin on loan

NEC Violinist Dami Kim is Co-Winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hannover

Student of Miriam Fried Awarded €50,000, Concerts, Naxos Recording, Use of Guadagnini Violin

South Korean violinist Dami Kim ’10, ’12 M.M. ’13 G.D. is one of the two first prize winners at  the 8th International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hannover in Germany.  A student of Miriam Fried at NEC, Kim was awarded a cash prize of €50,000, sponsored concerts in recital and with orchestra, a Naxos recording project, and the use for three years of an 18th Century Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from Parma, Italy.  It was the first time the Hannover competition has awarded two first prizes—the other winner was Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier from Moldova. Both winners received the same prize package.

A native of Seoul, Kim triumphed after a nearly two-week competition that drew 35 contestants to perform in five different rounds. Kim’s winning appearance is her latest competition honor: In 2010, she won the top prize in the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in Genoa, Italy, in 2011, she won First Prize in the 2011 Munetsugu Angel Violin International Competition in Japan, and earlier this year, she was a Laureate in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition.

Inaugurated in 1989 by Krzysztof Wegrzyn, who still serves as Artistic Director and a member of the jury, the Hannover Competition is sponsored by the Stiftung Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony Foundation). It is designed to support the musical development of young artists on their journey towards an international career. It also seeks to highlight the cultural life and broaden the international reputation of Lower Saxony. The competition benefits from its partnerships with major musical institutions of Hannover including the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media; the North German Broadcasting network and its Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; the State Opera House Hannover; and the Fritz Behrens Foundation which loans the Guadagnini violin to the prize winner.

To view a video of Dami Kim’s performance during the competition, click here:

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The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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