Hi! My name is Rose Kim
I am a musician living in the beautiful city of Greensboro. I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s of Music degree. I am currently taking a year off before I take on Grad School.
I am originally from Chapel Hill, but my parents emigrated from Seoul, South Korea for a better education. And this plays a huge role in my identity and values because consequently I am inextricably rooted in a variety of Diasporas as an American-Korean. In the American-Korean community, there is an almost-overwhelming sense of obligation to become successful in order to give back to your parents who sacrificed so much for us. And so I feel that everything I do is in honor of my parent’s decision to have children in the U.S. Thanks to them, I have the privilege of making a career out of the arts!
One of the most humbling and admirable qualities of my parents is their ultimate desire for my siblings and I to be our best selves. They always emphasized on working passionately and honestly in everything we did, and less about the pressures of making money. So I like to think the clarinet is my most developed musical self. As the years have gone by, I’ve realized that practicing the clarinet is a sort of symbiotic relationship with myself. The more I learn and develop the craft, the more I grow and mature as both a musician and person. It is a beautiful and sophisticated instrument, with such a rich and pure tone. I particularly love the wide range of sounds of the clarinet that is able to communicate many emotional and absolute ideas. Plus the sound blends very well with almost any ensemble setting!
My absolute dream is to play with an orchestra. The symphony is a beautiful dreamland to me and is definitely one of my favorite ways to perform the clarinet. Learning how to play in the orchestra taught me to be more direct, self-assured and even daring. The role of the clarinet in an Orchestra is fairly large; there are only 2-4 players (typically only 2) in each orchestra demanding artistic confidence and leadership on the player. The clarinet often has many solos, which can be equally terrifying as it is thrilling. My other favorable performance setting is with chamber groups. I’ve grown to love chamber music because of its smaller, intimate setting. It is more collaborative and creative because you have more artistic freedom compared to playing in an Orchestra. I especially love working with strings in chamber music, there is something in the difference in timbre and technique within the string-woodwind blend that I truly love.
On the side I like to play piano, purely just for fun. I started when I was 5 and just hated lessons. I’m not sure why I quit formal lessons because I truly love piano music, and sometimes believe it is the most perfect form of music. But I’m grateful for the foundational technique that I have; I am not the most eloquent player but I am able to read and practice pieces that I admire. It also allows me to take a break from the clarinet, which can get exhausting at times (most instrumentalists practice at least 4 hours a day, not including ensemble times!)
"My advice to other artists and musicians is to work honestly in honor of you. There is
nothing greater than being true to your work and your values because what else would
you live for? For a while I believed hard work always pays off but I learned it gets a little
bit harder than that. As artists, you experience disappointment, inadequacy, and of course
crippling self-doubt. But all of that is normal. The hard part is believing all this negativity
is a part of my artistic life that I need to own, no matter how sheepish, embarrassing and
hard it can be. It is my firm belief that as long as you move with true and honest intention
in the pursuit of art and your best life, the rest will fall into place in one way or another.
I also think it’s a good idea to support other artists around you."
Although I am a musician, some of my biggest inspirations come from art in different fields. I especially love dance and visual art. I love seeing the similarities within the differences. Dancers must move with character and elegance to shape choreography in the same way musicians must phrase a musical passage. Or the way an artist uses his/her whole body in their strokes is the same way musicians move their bodies with the music.
5 Life Changing Pieces
1. Claude Debussy- Children’s Corner, Images, Suite Bergamasque, honestly anything
2. Beethoven- All of his piano sonatas, No. 21 being my favorite. They’re all really incredible though.. and of course his Symphonies, 6 and 8 being my favorites.
3. Franz Liszt- I’ve always had a fascination with virtuosity, check out Hungarian Rhapsodies
4. Brahms- Anything Brahms, especially the clarinet quintet
5. Mozart- Literal perfection. I love his Piano Concerto 23 and of course the clarinet concerto.
I also love Schumann, Ravel, Barok, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Respighi, Korsakov…