Aaron Kim
Status: Member
Member Since: August 22, 2022
Last Visit:May 25, 2023

Aaron Kim

I studied at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York and was the recipient of the Margaret Creal Shafer Prize in Performance with my extensive involvement in the music program. I've taken composition classes with Grammy winning composer Joan Tower, counterpoint and musicology with Kyle Gann, violin lessons with Kathryn Aldous, voice with Rufus Müller, piano with David Sytkowski, and conducting with James Bagwell.

My thesis, “The Rest is History”, explores the use and disuse of the shoulder rest.
My initial prospects were to study chorale conducting but that was cut short due to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve now pivoted to being a violin teacher that encourages my students and colleagues to explore violin technique without the use of a shoulder rest.

Since it's completely changed the way I physically and mentally understand the instrument, I want to reach out and engage other violinists on this topic because of how polarizing it is within modern violin education and technique. There’s a rich history of violin technique and fundamentals that can be traced back to the 1600s Baroque Italy. It is not a question of whether or not one method of playing the violin is superior, but rather that there was so much development of violin technique before the existence of the shoulder rest - virtually every aspect of technique was developed without one - it should be presented as a supplement for more complete violin training rather than a standard.