Born in Seoul, South Korea, violist Jiwon Kim has been a winner of the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, as well as a prizewinner at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s competition. Jiwon also performed with A Far Cry in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory as the winner of A Far Cry/New England Conservatory Prep Collaborative Competition. She has attended several summer music programs including the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Music@Menlo Young Performers program, Music Academy of the West, Heifetz International Music Festival, and Fellowship Program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. In addition, Jiwon has performed in solo masterclasses given by Roberto Diaz, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Rodland, Richard O’Neill, Karen Dreyfus, and Cynthia Phelps. In 2018, Jiwon graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where she studied with Mai Motobuchi, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet. She currently studies with Jeffrey Irvine at the Cleveland Institute of Music.