March 14, 2017
South Korean born and raised in the UK, Min Kym began playing the violin at the age of six. At seven she was accepted as the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music; at 16 she was the youngest ever foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music. The legendary conductor George Solti said she had 'exceptional natural talent, mature musicality and mastery of the violin'. In 2010 she recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She was the first ever recipient of the Heifetz Prize, and is a goodwill ambassador for the city of Seoul.
In April 2017 Penguin Random House publishes her memoir, Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, exploring the trauma and grief Kym experienced when her violin – a priceless 1696 Stradivarius – was stolen from her. The Warner Classics companion album to the book includes her student recordings as well as professional recordings made at Abbey Road with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis with the instrument that was later stolen.