15-Year-Old Violinist Makes PMF Debut

Fifteen-year-old violinist Esme Arias-Kim will make her recital debut with the Peninsula Music Festival on Nov. 14, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The concert will feature virtuosic works by Mozart, Bach, Korngold, Wagner, Gershwin, Ponce and Ravel. 

Arias-Kim is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for outstanding pre-college students. She is also a fellow of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. 

Arias-Kim began her violin studies at the age of two and a half, made her solo orchestral debut at 10 with the Oistrakh Symphony, and has had solo appearances with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, 92Y New York and Musikferien am Starnberger See in Germany.

She is a first-place winner in many prestigious competitions, and during the summer of 2018, she competed in Il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition in Italy as the only American after being selected as one of 16 finalists.

Arias-Kim has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and was awarded the Overall Open Division Grand Winner and Open Senior Division Overall Winner for the 2020 Walgreens National Concerto Competition. 

Only 100 tickets for this memorable concert are available. Reserve a seat by calling 920.854.4060 or visiting Masks and COVID-19 vaccination cards will be required.

Check out Arias-Kim’s performance with the Civic Orchestra last year.

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