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Clara-Jumi Kang


About this Artist

Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang is an artist of supreme musicality, impeccable refinement, and poise. Her cycle of Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Sunwook Kim was released on Accentus in 2021 and has received outstanding reviews and nominations. 

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include her Edinburgh Festival solo recital debut, as well as debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Cincinnati and Detroit symphony orchestras. Kang will also return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia and tour South Korea with the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung. As a recitalist, Kang makes her Wigmore Hall debut and returns to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for two concerts. 

Kang made her concerto debut with the Hamburg Symphony at the age of 5 and has since performed with orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, with conductors such as Ryan Bancroft, Andrey Boreyko, Lionel Bringuier, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Paavo Järvi, Lü Jia, Jun Märkl, Juanjo Mena, Christoph Poppen, François-Xavier Roth, Yuri Temirkanov, and Kazuki Yamada. 

Clara-Jumi Kang has made two recordings for Decca: Modern Solo, featuring works including Ernst’s “Last Rose,” Schubert’s “Erlkönig,” and Ysaÿe sonatas, and a Brahms/Schumann album with pianist Yeol Eum Son. 

A devoted chamber musician, Kang regularly visits chamber music festivals and collaborates with renowned musicians including Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, and Mischa Maisky. 

Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of 3 and a year later enrolled as the youngest-ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschule. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of 7 was awarded a full scholarship to the Juilliard School to study with Dorothy DeLay. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam Yun Kim before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.