Clara-Jumi Kang


Clara-Jumi Kang, a German of Korean origin, was born in Mannheim in 1987.  Last September, she captured the Gold Medal of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis where she also won five additional special prizes and the use of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari for four years.  As a result of her triumph in Indianapolis, she has multiple concert engagements throughout North America including her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2012.  Upcoming concert highlights include engagements with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Santa Fe and Richmond (Indiana) symphonies, the Fort Wayne and Sendai philharmonics, the Tokyo and Hiroshima symphony orchestras, and recitals throughout Korea, Japan, France, Canada and the United States.

Clara started violin and piano lessons at the age of three and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at the age of four studying with Valerie Gradov.  The following year, she moved to Lubeck to study under Zakhar Bron and gave her debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.  At the age of seven, she auditioned at The Juilliard School where she was accepted with a full scholarship and studied with renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang.  Clara gave her debut concert in Korea at the age of eight, performing with the Korean Chamber Ensemble at the Seoul Arts Center.

Her numerous prizes in international competitions besides her triumph in Indianapolis include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, Second Prize at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition.

Clara recorded her first CD at age 9 on the Teldec label performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with her siblings.  She has just completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim in Korea at the Korean National University of Arts where she was accepted as one of the youngest college students.  Clara now lives in Munich.