persuasive sweetness of Im's Tchaikovsky" NZ Herald
Anna Im is the First Prize winner of the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. In August of 2020, Anna made her MHIVC prize recording through an extraordinary partnership with the Tongyeong International Music Festival and pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy. Her debut album will be released by the Atoll Records label.
Anna has been hailed for her extraordinarily beautiful sound, as a soloist with expressive artistry, and for being an engaging and passionate chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Giordano Bellincampi, Salzburg Schlösskonzerte, Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra 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 such as the BBC Young Musician, Osaka International Music Competition, and Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Competition. She has also been invited to participate in many festivals including the Kronberg Academy Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and Aspen Music Festival among others.
Anna began playing violin at the age of seven and was invited to perform for the Thai Royal Family when she was eight. She won the Little Mozart Competition in Korea at the age of nine and was given the opportunity to perform with the Schlösskonzerte at the Mirabell Palace in Austria as a result. At the age of 13 she was admitted to the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts on a full scholarship. In 2012 she moved to the UK to study with So-Ock Kim, professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Aaron Rosand. Upon graduation, Anna received the renowned Milka Artist Prize awarded by Curtis in conjunction with the Markow Toteyy Foundation. She has maintained studies with So-Ock Kim since 2012, and has again undertaken full-time study with Ms. Kim at the Royal Academy of Music as of the fall of 2020. Her other principal teachers have included Hae Yeup Yang, Sung Sic Yang, Paul Kim, and Clive Hughes.
Anna is a recipient of the Hattori Foundation and Drake Calleja Trust, and is grateful for the generous support she receives from the Royal Academy of Music to pursue her musical education.
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Through my playing, it is my goal to make a listener's life experience in that moment more meaningful and rich.
When one communicates through music, the worlds of prejudice, class, and discrimination go out the window altogether.
music is one of the very few mediums that allow for this. This is why art is so important,
and this is why I have dedicated my life to becoming the best Artist I can be
In my opinion,
- Anna Im