Esme Arias-Kim

Esme Arias-Kim, violin (Chicago, IL), is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy studying violin with Almita Vamos. Made solo orchestral debut at 10 with the Oistrakh Symphony and was featured on WFMT’s “Introductions” and NPR’s “From the Top”. Solo performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fairbanks Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Fox Valley, Chicago Arts, Ottawa Chamber, Lincolnwood Chamber, Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Solo recitals at The Peninsula Music Festival, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 92Y New York, Musikferien am Starnberger See, Germany, and Palácio Foz, Portugal.

Masterclasses with Hilary Hahn, Midori Goto, Julia Fischer, Ian Swensen, Vadim Gluzman, Kirill Troussov, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Paul Huang, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mihaela Martin, Ilya Kaler and Philip Setzer as well as the Borromeo Quartet and Cavani Quartet.

First place awards include the Sphinx 2020, Walgreens National, International Young Artist, Arthur D. Montzka 2022, Fox Valley, Enkor International, New York International Artist Association, Sejong, Confucius, DePaul Concerto Festival, Illinois MTNA Competition and most recently the ASTA, Musicians Club of Women and Minnesota Orchestra’s concerto competition.

Esme is performing on a violin by Alfredo Contino 1920, courtesy of Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, Chicago. Previous Young Artists Program participant (2021)