South Korean violinist MINJI KWON joined the New Jersey Symphony in the 2015–16 season. She has performed throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. Kwon is the prize winner of the OSAKA International Music Competition, George Gershwin International Competition, Forte International Music Competition, National Symphony Orchestra Competition and Seoul Symphony Orchestra Competition.
She has also appeared as soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra Rzeszow in Poland, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Degu Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyup Strings Ensemble and Seoul National University String Ensemble. She has performed in solo recitals at Kumho Art Hall and Ewon Culture Center.
Kwon also participated in numerous festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival as a full scholarship recipient, Music Academy of the West, Juilliard Chamber Fest, Salzburg International Music Academy, Lake George Music Festival, Music Alp Festival, Lindenbaum Orchestra Festival (with conductor Charles Dutoit) and Tong Young International Music Festival.
As an orchestra player, she played various concerts at The Juilliard School as a concertmaster with ensembles including Juilliard Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble. She was selected as concertmaster at Music Academy of the West, where she performed with Alan Gilbert. Kwon is an active chamber musician; her trio has performed at many halls in New York and was invited to perform in Washington, DC. As a member of Sejong Soloists, she toured throughout the United States, Munich, London, Spain, Czech Republic and Korea.
Kwon started to play the violin when she was 8 years old. In 2009, she began working with Professor Young-Uck Kim and Kyung-Sun Lee at the Seoul National University, where she was granted a Graduates of Seoul National University Scholarship and a Graduates of Music College Scholarship. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from the university in 2013. In 2015, Kwon received her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Hyo Kang. She is a faculty member at the New York Music School.
*On leave of absence for the 2022–23 season.