The Korean violinist and conductor, Jin Kim, started playing the violin at the age of 7, and studied with Hae-Yup Yang until graduated Seoul National University, School of Music. She came to America to pursue further study in violin performance under the renowned violinist Ruggiero Ricci at the University of Michigan. She holds master's degrees in both violin performance and ensemble. While pursuing doctoral studies, she became very interested in performance practice in the music of 17th and 18th century, which led her to Europe to study authentic performance of Baroque period. Among many renowned Baroque violinists she encountered with, Sigiswald Kuijken was the one who deeply influenced her playing Baroque violin and she studied with him during from 1987 to 1993. She was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Brugge Early-music competition (1990), 2nd prize (with no first) at the Yamanashi early-music competition (1992), and awarded as musician of 1992 at Tochigi early-music festival in Japan (1992).
Since then, Jin Kim has been appearing as a soloist and an ensemble player mainly in Asia and Europe. As a member of La Petite Bande, directed by Sigiswald Kuijken, she has been playing at major early-music festivals in Europe, South America and Asia as well as participating recordings of Bach Cantatas, Passions, and Haydn Symphonies among others.
In Korea, Jin Kim founded Baroque ensemble Musica Glorifica in 2002, and endeavored after recreation of Baroque repertoires with fresh inspiration and spiritual depth. She served as president of Early-music Society of Korea from 2005 to 2008, and worked as a pioneer to promote early music in Korean musical society. She also made efforts to give numerous lectures and concerts in major universities in Korea, and taught in Northwestern University and Roosebelt University in USA.
Her CDs "Psalms for you: 17th century Italian music" and "Handel Violin Sonatas" both released in Japan and Korea, had received high acclaims of early-music reviews.
Jin Kim currently plays a violin made in Absam in 1656 by Jacob Stainer.