The Austrian-Korean violinist Yoon-Hee Kim began playing the violin at the age of three, within a year she already performed in public concerts and in 1996, when she was only five years old, she gave her orchestral debut with the Savaria Orchestra of Hungary.
Yoonhee was admitted to the Vienna University for Music and Arts at the age of four as the youngest student ever. Since then she studied with Prof. Eugenia and Juri Polatschek, Prof. Gerhard Schulz and Prof. Elisabeth Kropfitsch.
Yoonhee is Honorary Ambassador for the South-Korean Jeju, her birthplace, which was elected as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” and in 2011 she received "The Young Artist of the Year 2011” prize from the Korean ministry of culture as youngest recipient ever.
Yoonhee Kim performed with several world-wide famous orchestras in their regular concerts as youngest soloist ever, among them the Norway Trondheim Symphony orchestra (at the age of 13), the Stuttgart Philharmonic (at the age of 15), Monte Carlo Philharmonic (at the age of 16), Spain Radio Television Orchestra (RTVE) under Maestro Walter Weller, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, George Enesco Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Bayer Philharmonic, Praha Radio Philharmonic, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, National Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Transilvanian Orchestra, Catalunya Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Katowice Philharmonic, Radio Symphony orchestra in Rumania, Salzburg Kammer Philharmonic, Korea-Austria Philharmonic.
In Korea, she performed with KBS Symphonic, Seoul Symphonic, Korean Symphonic, Euroasian Philharmonic, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju and Jeju Symphonic.
She played with world-wide famous conductors like Walter Weller, who is the Music Director of Belgium National Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari, Roman Kopfmann, Claus Peter Flor, Cristian Mandeal, Berry Wordsworth, Philippe Auguin, Petr Altrichter, Leos Svarovsky, Rastislav Stur, Erwin Aadland, Othmar Maga, Rainer Koch, Damian Iorio, , Iosif Ion Prunner, Keiko Mitsuhashi.
Yoonhee Kim won several international competitions, e.g. the 1st Prize at the "Andrea Postacchini International Competition" in Fermo (Italy), 1st Prize at "Prima la Musica" competition in Austria, 1st Prize at the “Concorsi International Di Musica” in Stresa (Italy), 1st Prize at the "Rovere d'Oro Bartolomeo al Mare" competition in Italy. She is the winner of the Fidelio Competition in Austria, received a special prize and a scholarship from the Hebert von Karajan Foundation and from the Robert and Lina Thyli-Duerr Foundation in Switzerland.
Yoonhee gave concerts worldwide famous concert halls, as the Musikverein (Golden Hall), Wiener Konzerthaus, Walt Disney Hall in LA (where she appeared with 16-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist Brian McKnight), Cadogan Hall in London, Lieder Halle in Stuttgart, Auditorium Rainier III hall in Monte Carlo, Smetana Hall and Rudolfinum in Prague, the International Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Atheneum in Bucarest, RTVE Teatro Hall in Madrid, Odd-Fellow Palace in Copenhagen, Olavshallen in Trondheim and the Seoul Art Center.
She was invited to the 35th Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS), "Rising Star" concerts in Colonge, to a recital at the Wiltz Festival in Luxembourg, the "New Year Concert" in Trondheim (Norway) and to the Samobor Festival in Zagreb, to the Seoul Art Center Orchestra Festival and KBS New Year Concert.
In addition to CNN’s special introduction as a violinist of Genius, the French broadcast TF1 TV introduced her as "L’Enfant Prodigie" in their special program "Les 30 Histoires les plus Mysterieuses" (One of the most mysterious 30 stories). Link
Yoonhee Kim played with different famous instruments as "The Red Diamond" (1732) and "Da Vinci" (1725) from Stradivarius and now she plays a Lorenzo Storioni Violin (Cremona 1780), loaned by a private collector.
In next season, she will perform with the Berliner Symphonic Orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra in next season.