So Jeong Kim is an oboist from South Korea, born in 1995. She commenced her musical journey at Sunhwa Arts School in Seoul, South Korea, where she won the Outstanding Performance Award for achieving the highest score on the performance test among more than 300 students. Her exceptional skills and hard work led her to be awarded various prestigious music competitions, including the Music Association of Korea Competition, the Seoul Music Competition, KUMF (Korea-U.S.A. Music Foundation for Gifted) Music Competition, Nanpa Concours, and Korea Herald Music Competition.
So Jeong Kim continued her education at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance and received several recognitions, including an excellent performance scholarship for five semesters and the most outstanding freshman award. In South Korea, she received instruction from renowned musicians, including Hyung Sub Kim, Eun Hee Im, Hyung Geun Lee, and Mi Sung Lee.
Currently, So Jeong Kim is pursuing her graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), under the guidance of John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Anne Gabriele, Second Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has won several distinguished competitions at NEC, including the Concerto Competition (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Harp) and the Honors Ensemble Competition, both in 2022. Her passion for music has also taken her to international events, such as the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) in Granada, Spain, and the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF) in Jeju, South Korea. In 2022, she also performed a concerto with Maestro Shin-ik Hahm and his orchestra. Additionally, she was chosen as one of the winners of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, which has granted her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in late May 2023.
You can find Sojeong’s 2023 Spring Music Competition oboe performance here.