Clara-Jumi Kang Violin
Clara-Jumi Kang was born in Germany to a musical family, took up the violin at age 3 and a year later enrolled as the youngest student ever at Musikhochschule Mannheim. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at Musikhochschule Lübeck and was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay at age 7. She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before completing her studies at Musikhochschule Munich with Christoph Poppen. Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Kang’s other accolades include first prize both at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010). She has also received a prize at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. She has carved an international career performing with leading orchestras and conductors including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, Lionel Briguier, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Christoph Poppen, Gidon Kremer and Myun-Whun Chung. Clara-Jumi Kang currently plays on the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loaned to her by the Samsung Cultural Foundation.