First prize of $1,000 was awarded to 16-year-old violinist Minji Kim, along with the opportunity to perform in concert with the orchestra

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Violinist Minji Kim

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) has announced 16-year-old violinist Minji Kim as the winner of its 2023 Young Artist Competition. Four finalists competed on Saturday, 14 October at Eastern Michigan University, with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to perform at the A2SO’s Link Up youth concert, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Second prize of $500 was awarded to cellist Kevin Baek.

The competition jury comprised A2SO orchestra members, who praised the outstanding level of performance demonstrated by all of the finalists.

A student at Skyline High School, Minji Kim began studying the violin at the age of four with her mother. She currently studies with professor Aaron Berofsky at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, and plays on a 2011 Douglas C. Cox violin granted to her as a scholarship from the VIRTU Foundation.

Applications were open to students in grades 7-12 who attended school in the state of Michigan during the 2023-2024 school year.

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