Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang is an artist of supreme musicality, impeccable refinement and poise as borne out by the many awards and accolades she has received, since she first burst on the scene as winner of the Indianapolis International Violin Competition in 2010, hot on the heels of her successes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010). Her cycle of Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Sunwook Kim, released on Accentus last season, has received outstanding reviews and been nominated for an Opus Klassik Award 2022 (Instrumentalist of the Year). Recent and current highlights include her debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Ryan Bancroft performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, tours with the Munich Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic under Myungwhun Chung and Juanjo Mena respectively, and performances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutschekammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 2023 she will also tour Australasia for performances with the Melbourne Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and KBS Symphony Orchestra. She made her concerto debut in Hamburg at the age of five and has since performed with orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Belgian National Orchestra with conductors such as Chung, Xavier-Roth, Petrenko, Paavo Järvi, and Yamada. Further afield, her performances have taken her to the USA with the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras, as well as Asia with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras. She was selected as one of the top 100 'Most promising and influential people of Korea' in 2012 by major Korean newspaper Dong-A Times, and was awarded the Daewon Music Award (2012) for her outstanding international achievements, as well as Kumho Musician of the Year (2015). Kang has recorded two albums for Decca: Modern Solo, featuring works including Schubert Erlkönig and Ysaÿe Sonatas, and a Brahms/Schumann album with Yeol- Eum Son. A dedicated chamber musician, she is a member of the Spectrum Concerts series at the Berlin Philharmonie and a regular visitor to festivals across Asia and Europe. Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of three and a year later enrolled as the youngest ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschule. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of seven was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. She took her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.
As of January 2023