"... won over by the
persuasive sweetness of Im's Tchaikovsky" NZ Herald
Anna Im, the First Prize winner of the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, is ready to cast a musical spell with her upcoming release, Rêverie.
This eagerly anticipated album, featuring the 'Maurin' Stradivari violin, is set to debut in April 2024, with its first pre-release in February. Anna's earlier recording, Amabile, already graces major streaming platforms, unveiling her enchanting artistry as a distinguished laureate of the esteemed competition.
Anna earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Aaron Rosand. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Curtis/Milka Violin Artist Prize. The recording of a live performance of the Brahms String Quintet which she led as first violin was selected as the first track of the "Curtis 95 Years of Artistry Season Selections" album.
Anna has been hailed for her extraordinarily beautiful sound and for being an engaging and passionate musician, appearing as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and Salzburger Solisten, among others. In addition to having won top prizes at various competitions in her native Korea at an early age, Anna has been a prizewinner, laureate, and finalist in various international competitions. She has also been invited to participate in many festivals including the Kronberg Academy Festival, Ravinia Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and Aspen Music Festival, among others. As a chamber musician, Anna has performed with Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, and Tabea Zimmermann as part of Kronberg Academy’s “Chamber Music Connects the World”.
Anna began playing the violin at the age of seven and was invited to perform for the Thai Royal Family when she was eight. At the age of nine, she won the Little Mozart Competition in Korea and as the winner of the competition, was invited to perform at Schlosskonzerte Mirabell in Salzburg, Austria in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
Anna moved to the United Kingdom in 2012 to commence studies with So-Ock Kim, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There she attended Millfield School until she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014.
Anna recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, earning both her Advanced Diploma and Master's degree under So-Ock Kim. Honored with the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship, her second album, titled Rêverie, is in collaboration with Linn Records and part of the Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Series, promising a heartfelt musical experience in April 2024.
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