Esme Arias-Kim

Esme Arias-Kim, violin (Hoffman Estates, IL), is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy studying with Almita Vamos. Most recently, she received Grand Prize in the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition, and was awarded Grand Prize Winner of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. Esme has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fairbanks Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Oistrakh Symphony, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Orchestra as well as solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 92Y New York, Musikferien am Starnberger See in Germany, and live radio performances on WFMT’s “Introductions” and NPR’s “From the Top”. She is a first place winner of Enkor International, New York International Artist Association, DePaul Concerto Festival, Sinfonia da Camera, Lisker Young Artists Scholarship, Fox Valley Orchestra Competition, and first alternate in the CSO Young Artists Competition. Esme has received masterclasses from Julia Fischer, Vadim Gluzman, Kirill Troussov, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mihaela Martin, and Ilya Kaler as well as the Borromeo Quartet. Chamber music accolades include the semi-finals of the Fischoff Competition. She has attended Morningside Music Bridge, Heifetz Music Institute, Center Stage Strings, and Brain Lewis Young Artists Program.