Chelsea Hyojung Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, recently joined Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s violin section after completing her Masters degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. She was a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship. Before coming to Baltimore, she had been a frequent substitute at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony.
Chelsea earned her Bachelors at The Juilliard School with Li Lin, supported by the Juilliard Lester Lanin Scholarship and H. & E. Kivekas Scholarship. Her past teachers include Donald Weilerstein and Peter Rovit.
In 2009, she garnered 1st prize in the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and debuted with them. She has won other numerous competitions, including first place in Tuscaloosa String Quartet Society Scholarship Competition and second place in the Lois Pickard Scholarship National Competition. In 2013, she was chosen as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, and preformed live on the NPR show From the Top.
An avid chamber musician, Chelsea has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Edward Aaron, The Takács Quartet, Timothy Pitts, James Dunham, and Benjamin Kamins. She has appeared at venues including Carnegie Weill Hall, Weiner Musikverein, Boston Symphony Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.
She has performed in masterclasses given by Joshua Bell, Stefan Milenkovich, Soovin Kim, and Philip Setzer. She has been awarded fellowships to participate summers at the Music Academy of the West, the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Yellow Barn Young Artist Program where she served as concertmaster and other principal positions. At these festivals he has performed under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Deneve, Jun Markl, Elim Chan, Paul Haas, and Ankush Bahl.