Nationality: South Korea
STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Janáček, Sonata for Violin and Piano, JW7/7; Tchaikovsky, Valse-Scherzo Op. 34
SEMIFINAL: J.S. Bach, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, Adagio, Presto
Anna Im is the First Prize winner of the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. 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.
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, 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 recently completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of So-Ock Kim. She is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma as the recipient of Royal Academy's prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship.