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Roman Kim's debut CD “KIMPOSSIBLE” was released, in August 2018, by SONY Classical

During the 19th century, the virtuosos declared the mastery of their instruments and the overcoming of tonal boundaries the aim of their art. Many virtuosos were not only masters of technique but also composers. Their creativity as interpreters was an intrinsic part of the tradition that has generated the largest part of our concert repertoire. As a violinist and a composer, Roman Kim presents himself committed to this tradition, on his debut CD

BAERENREITER

The famous “Air” from Bach’s Orchestral Suite BWV 1068 has undergone a great many arrangements, but until now no one has ventured to produce a contrapuntal version for unaccompanied violin.

Roman Kim hit on this brilliant idea and came up with an arrangement, creating a YouTube hit with his own recording of it.

• A bravura piece for solo violin
• A challenge for every dedicated violinist

The young violin virtuoso Roman Kim arranges and composes violin music with high musical challenges and technical aplomb.

Following his inimitable and unsurpassable arrangement of Bach’s “Air” for violin solo, Bärenreiter is now publishing an edition of his own compositions. 

These three romances give violinists ample opportunity to display their skills and to entrance the audience.

ROMAN KIM

Roman Kim is one of the most controversial violinists of our time. The young Cologne-based virtuoso is known all over the planet for playing with prismatic glasses covering half of his face and held in high esteem by legends of violin-playing. Ivry Gitlis, for instance, describes his art as “one of the most incredible playing I have heard since I was born!“ During his short career, Kim has expanded the technical boundaries of his instrument, in order to follow his extreme expectations on himself. Following the paths of Niccolò Paganini, he is capable of interpreting Bach’s “Air” with all its parts on his instrument — in fact, this got him famous on YouTube, even before he started to play around the globe.

 

As a soloist, Kim is praised by the critique for the explosive energy of his sound, his incredible virtuosity, his flawless technique and the sheer beauty of his tone.

 

As an innovator, he constantly develops new techniques to satisfy his creative ideas. He invented a new type of strings, used by several violinists, and experiments on the use of the mentioned prismatic glasses, he invented in 2014. Since 2016, this device has been studied by scientists in Seoul (South Korea) and Neuwied (Germany), suggesting that it provokes a state of cerebral activity, sharpening the senses and enhancing self-control.

 

As a composer, Kim does not care about schools and conventions, but writes and arranges music that is an expression of his romantic feelings and challenges his artistic skills, crossing the boundaries of what was thought to be technically possible on his instrument, only some years ago. Among his successful compositions is his paraphrase “I Brindisi”, “Dies Irae” for solo violin, and his violin concerto, premiered in Cluj Napoca (Romania) in 2017. His polyphonic transcriptions for solo-violin of Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” caused a sensation, both among fans and connoisseurs. His polyphonic transcription of Bach’s “Air” has been published by Bärenreiter, in 2015, and sold out in a few months. His „Three Romances“ for violin and piano also made a huge success after being published by Bärenreiter. Latest Bärenreiter-release: Roman Kim’s transcription of Mozart’s „Eine kleine Nachtmusik“ has been published in April 2019.

 

Biography

Born in Kazakhstan into a family of Korean-Tatar-Belarussian descent, Kim started to play the violin as a five-year-old. With eight years he entered the class of the famous Prof. Galina Turchaninova at the Moscow Central Music School. In 2004, he received a scholarship from the "Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation". In 2008, he started his studies in Cologne with Prof. Viktor Tretyakov. In 2012, he won the International Violin Competition "Valsesia Musica". Kim played concerts in Italy, Germany, France, Hungary, Russia, USA, China, South Korea, Romania, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Among others, he appeared in auditoriums such as the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Bari Teatro Petruzzelli, the Seoul Arts Centre, the Franz List Music Academy Budapest and the Taipei National Concert Hall. He played with orchestras like the NDR Symphony Orchestra (under Aziz Shokhakimov), the Staatskapelle Halle (under Josep Caballé Domenech), the Aachen Symphony Orchestra (under Dirk Kaftan), the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli (under Alpesh Chauhan), the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra (under Daejin Kim) and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (under Alexandre Bloch).

 

Roman Kim currently lives in Cologne and studies composition at the local conservatory. He plays the violin he designed himself. The instrument was created in the workshop of master violin maker Alexander Hazin (Cologne) under the name "Superior" in 2015.

CONCERTS

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COUNTRY

20/10/2018

Santa Monica/ Barnum Hall Auditorium

Roman Kim violin concerto

Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra / conductor Guido Lamell

USA

25/10/2018

Varel / Lothar-Meyer-Gymnasium
Recital

DEU

03/11/2018

20th China Shanghai international arts festival

With the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

CHN

04/11/2018

20th China Shanghai international arts festival

With the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

CHN

13/11/2018

Ravenna

Recital

ITA

17/12/2018

Seoul Arts Center

Millennium Symphony Orchestra

KOR

31/01/2019

Oradea | Roman Kim Violin concerto

ROU

16/03/2019

Vilnius | Compensa concert hall 

G. Gelgotas violin concerto with the

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra

LTU

05/04/2019

Taranto | Roman Kim Violin concerto  Orchestra Magna Grecia

ITA

06/04/2019

Matera | Roman Kim Violin concerto  Orchestra Magna Grecia

ITA

07/04/2019

Potenza | Roman Kim Violin concerto  Orchestra Magna Grecia

ITA

03/08/2019

Palanga summer fest
with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

LTU

04/08/2019

Tytuvenai summer fest

with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

LTU

23/09/2019

Costa Smeralda Classical Music Festival

Recital

ITA

11/10/2019

Vogtlandhalle Greiz | With Vogtland Phil

(Conductor Florian Ludwig) | 

Violin Concerto by Roman Kim –

German premiere

GER

16/10/2019

Neuberinhaus Reichenbach | With Vogtland Phil (Conductor Florian Ludwig)| 

Violin Concerto by Roman Kim 

GER

11/10/2019

Hückelhoven Aula

Mendelssohn Violin concerto e moll

GER

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Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 in G major for Strings K. 525 has become world-famous under the entry he made in his personal catalogue of works: “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”. Though normally performed by a string ensemble, Roman Kim plays its first movement “Allegro” on a single violin!

As with Bach’s “Air”, Kim has produced a “violin reduction” containing all the essential parts. Its performance requires not only double stops but triple and even quadruple stops, left-hand pizzicato and many other tricks of the trade. The show effect is guaranteed!