Sunday, July 17, 2022

Natasha Wipfler-Kim | 2nd Prize | Violin | 9th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Natasha Wipfler-Kim, age 17, began her violin studies at age four and is currently studying with Nurit Pacht at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center in New York City. She is a winner of the 2019 Concerto Competition at the Kaufman Music Center, and performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with an orchestra conducted by Brian Worsdale. She has won second place in the 2020 Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, First Prize at the Little Mozarts Competition in 2018, the Silver Prize in the Vivo International Music Competition in 2017, First Place at the Prima Volta Competition in 2017, and the Bronze Prize at the Vivo International Music Competition in 2016. Most recently, Natasha won first prize for Best Bach Performance at the 2022 Great Composers International Competition. Natasha has had lessons with Almita Vamos, Rebecca Fischer, Sibbi Bernhardsson, and Nicole Monahan. She has been selected for masterclasses with Masao Kawaski, Catherine Cho, Patinka Kopec, and Joseph Silverstein. 

An avid chamber musician, Natasha has participated in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program since 2017. Her string quartet, the Andromeda Quartet, won the gold medal in the Junior String Division of the 2022 Coltman Chamber Music Competition and their recordings are scheduled to air on KMFA radio in Austin, Texas in fall of 2022. Her piano trio, The Riverside Trio, won First Place in the Piano Teachers Congress of New York Chamber Music Competition in 2021. In summer of 2019, Natasha toured Spain with the New York Youth Symphony as both a chamber musician and a member of the orchestra. She performed in an octet with members of the Harlem Quartet at the Kaufman Music Center later that summer.  Natasha has had chamber music masterclasses with Joel Krosnick, Ani Kavafian, Astrid Schween, Hsin-Yun Huang, Orli Shaham, Wolfram Koessel, and Rebecca Fischer.

Natasha has performed in many venues, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Gramercy Arts Club, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scandinavia House, the Butler School of Music’s Bates Recital Hall, the Plaza de Toros in Ronda, Spain and the Accademia Perosi in Biella, Italy. Natasha is in the 11th grade at the Trinity School in New York City. 

Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st movement, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 15:57