Dr. JinHee Kate Kim, teaching violin lessons in Irvine, California, is an expert teacher, guiding students of all ages and levels in violin, and has shared her musical knowledge and performance expertise in her private studio since 1996 (in Boston, D.C., and Cincinnati).
Her students have become laureates of national and international competitions including the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, the International String Competition of Golden Strings of America, and the Boston Pops Orchestra Young Artists Competition, among others; and concertmasters and members of the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra (Chamber Strings, Young Artists, and Symphony), Junior district Music Festival Orchestra, Senior district Music Festival Orchestra, All-State Music Festival Orchestra, National Honors Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cincinnati Junior String Orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division Orchestras, and Longy School of Music Youth Orchestras.
In addition, she has broadened her impact by teaching master classes and workshops in Maryland, Ohio, and Kyrgyzstan. Since 2017, she has joined the faculty of Junior Chamber String (JCM) in Irvine and Irvine Music Festival, sharing her passion for music with young violinists. She also has served as an adjudicator at SYMF Competition and MTAC Spring Festival Competition in the South California area.
Dr. Kim received Bachelor, Master (with a Music Education Certificate), and Graduate Diploma degrees in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying with renowned soloists James Buswell and Michèle Auclair, who was also a professor at the National Higher Conservatory of Music and Dance at Paris, and a doctorate degree from Boston University, where she was a teaching assistant to revered teacher and performer, Prof. Roman Totenberg. Her main chamber coaches include members of the Borromeo Quartet, the Muir Quartet, and Lee Fiser of the LaSalle Quartet.
Dr. Kim started violin with Suzuki Method at the age of six and has received Suzuki teacher training for all books. She began her Suzuki training to foster young students - she loves to teach beginners as well as teaching advanced students! With many years of teaching experience, she "modified" the Suzuki Method to her own way, so she can effectively teach children to have good listening skills as well as good reading skills.
In addition to her thriving private studio, she taught Suzuki violin, chamber, and group classes at Mount St. Joseph Talent Education, affiliated with Mount St. Joseph University. She had multiple Suzuki courses with Ronda Cole, who taught President Jimmy Carter's daughter, and Doris Preucil.
In D.C., Dr. Kim was a conductor of the New Life String Ensemble Orchestra (NLSE) and artist council at the New Life Foundation. NLSE is an orchestra for elementary 2nd-5th grade violinists. For more information, please click the link here.
Dr. Kim is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Violin at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. During 2010-15, Dr. Kim served as an Adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Mount St. Joseph University (formerly College of Mount St. Joseph) in Cincinnati, OH. Her prior teaching experience includes Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola at Eastern Nazarene College and Teaching Assistant to Roman Totenberg in Boston, MA. She also served as a Chamber Music Mentor at Gordon College, and a Graduate Theory Department Teaching Assistant at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.