Kayleigh Kim United States, 16, Junior

Kayleigh Kim began studying with Catherine Cho and Francesca dePasquale in the Juilliard Pre-College program in the Fall of 2019. Prior to enrollment, she studied with Ko Sugiyama. She is also a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow. Kayleigh joined the Heifetz International Music Institute on their Holiday Homecoming Tour in December of 2019. As a part of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras from 2015 to 2019, she served as concertmaster. Kayleigh has played in masterclasses with renowned violinists such as Hilary Hahn, Shirley Givens, Mark Kaplan, and Aaron Rosand, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Merkin Hall, and Strathmore Hall.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to compete in the 2020 Menuhin Competition! I have always been inspired by all of the wonderful musicians that have participated in this competition, and receiving the news that I had been chosen to take part in this special event was astonishing. I feel very fortunate to have gained such an amazing opportunity to play for some of the most esteemed musicians in the world and meet other young musicians with whom I share a love and passion for music. I am sure that this will be an incredibly valuable learning experience for me as well as a chance to make new friends. I can’t wait to meet everyone there!