Roman Kim

May 30, 2013 at 04:49 AM · Not much people talked about this violinist, or I missed it everytime. Well I thought only Kavakos rendition would give me tremors after listening to it, and now this...with a surprise in between!

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May 30, 2013 at 05:04 PM · John - Well, I have an agenda when I started this thread, and I'm expecting responses EXACTLY like yours. Keep them coming! ;-)

May 31, 2013 at 08:05 PM · Ok, something different. Bach's Air, in Paganini style... ;-)

May 31, 2013 at 09:37 PM · Holy @#&%! I'd better get off this computer and start practicing again! But re 3:22, I know that we derive nourishment from the violin, but...

May 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM · Love that Bach.

Reminds me of Tedi Papavrami's transcriptions.

His Scarlatti transcriptions are beautiful,

the Bach is another toure the force

My fingers start to hurt just looking at this.

May 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM · Actually, I wonder whose arrangement that Bach is, and whether it's available?

May 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM · Very interesting violinist. He has excellent chops obviously. I'm also curious as to who did that Bach arrangement.

June 1, 2013 at 02:33 AM · Absolutely! Yet call me old-fashioned, but I still think a performer should be fed before or after the performance - not during! ;-)

June 1, 2013 at 04:27 AM · I was under the impression he was doing his post-meal flossing Raphael. :)

June 1, 2013 at 04:49 AM · I believe that it is his own arrangement, and that he plays scordatura.

June 1, 2013 at 09:06 AM · Can't help but think that this is a reincarnation of Paganini. Unbelievable native talent, technical skill - combined with a consumate showman.

What fun!

Edit - not to mention spider fingers - and look at that fourth finger on the left

June 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Nate - come to think of it, you may be right. And wound strings should do a pretty good job at that with flossing!

But all kidding aside, incredible!

June 5, 2013 at 03:04 AM · I just started my own very similar arrangement of the Bach "Air". It won't be THAT hard to play, though it may be a tad simpler that Roman's version. It won't require any socrdetura - and taking a lunch break will be optional! I think I can make the Bach "Arioso" work as well...

October 17, 2013 at 08:30 AM · Not sure if anyone has seen this guy perform Paganini's Violin Concerto No 1 but here's a video of the complete version - I love this guy - incredible all round technique;

October 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Alien.

October 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM · Wow. This is playing you can really sink your teeth into. He has to be drilling that technique into his daily routine. That way you don't have to brush up on anything. Each note is attacked with a real bite. It's just a good thing he's been getting his violin coaching from a dentist rather than a proctologist.

Seriously, phenomenal talent, and even the spectacular rapid passages are played with emotion and passion.

October 18, 2013 at 01:30 AM · I would like to hear him in some standard rep,including some encores and concertos. An outstanding talent.

October 18, 2013 at 04:51 AM · Do a search on Youtube. Not a ton there but siome lyrical compositions, a wonderful transcription of the Bach Air and of course a few showpieces.

October 18, 2013 at 07:14 AM · Looking at his 'only' website (about him), it looks like he's done most of the Kayser, Kreutzer, Mazas, Rode etudes with appropriate standard pieces from the violin repertoire in between.

Can someone please enlighten me on his grade 1 to grade 7 grading - I'm from UK (United Kingdom) and grade 1 (RSM) repertoire is no where near as difficult as his grade 1 repertoire. 3 and 4 octave scales from a very early stage too (by the looks of things) - his repertoire (grade 1 to 7) can been seen here;

At age 13, he was still under strict studies 'cos when you look at his bow, he has white tape still attached in the middle and near the tip. It obviously paid dividends to the technique and musicianship that he currently displays;

Like someone else mentioned earlier, I'd like to see and hear him play more music from the standard repertoire - violin concertos; Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Bach Unaccompanied music and many others etc

October 18, 2013 at 02:06 PM · ...but notice how Mozart's 4th cocerto is in his grade 6...

October 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM ·

October 20, 2013 at 05:05 PM ·

October 20, 2013 at 05:06 PM · Do not know how to post video here sorry.

See a new creation of Mr. Kim

October 23, 2013 at 08:00 AM · some people wake up and decide that triple-stop octave passages are not nearly used often enough in repertoire. respect.

October 23, 2013 at 03:52 PM · Why all the references to food and eating...what is he doing ? I am in China at the moment and youtube is blocked so I cannot watch the videos.

October 23, 2013 at 04:58 PM · He used his teeth to pluck strings. Same thing as he did at 3:20 in this video.

October 24, 2013 at 02:02 AM · All I can say is holy shiitake mushrooms!!!

October 25, 2013 at 09:22 PM · Roman has finally given us the musical notation for his transcription of Air in G - all I can say is WOW, I need 6 long fingers to get round that piece;

October 25, 2013 at 09:59 PM · This guy almost kills himself Skateboarding.

Skateboarding Fall

This guy almost kills himself Mountain biking

Mountain biking

This guy almost kills himself Sky(space) Diving

Sky Diving

The violin word finally has someone who is extremely talented and is willing to take a risk. He needs to be sponsored by Red Bull.

October 26, 2013 at 06:55 PM · i dont think this notation is from roman. he uses scordatura (G-D-A-C tuning) in the performance, plus some of the notes are different... but a good effort by someone!

October 26, 2013 at 07:52 PM · Yes you could be right - I'd like to see some fingerings above the notes for me to try as with the G-D-A-C tuning it seems possible (and impossible 'cos I need a longer 4th finger :)).

Still, with this tuning, it still is very very well played.

October 29, 2013 at 03:23 PM · I sent Mr. Kim a Facebook message and he says that the e is tuned to cis.

That is C#

November 5, 2013 at 04:35 PM · I got a message on Facebook today from Mr. Kim. He apologized for his mistake and said the e string is tuned to high c.

November 5, 2013 at 08:44 PM · Well, he will enter the history of music as an inventor of "al dente"!

The best advertising for string maker, that is for sure....

One of a kind.

September 10, 2016 at 01:17 AM · From his website:

His transcription for solo violin of Bach’s famous Air on a G String – the first person to dare such an audacious feat – was snapped up by giant German music publisher Baerenreiter after his own nuanced performance of the work on YouTube created an overnight sensation.

September 12, 2016 at 03:36 PM · Yes, it is a very nice arrangement but now I am wondering about his fingerboard and his fancy glasses that allow him to see the finger markings, does anyone have any info on the fingerboard?

September 13, 2016 at 12:17 PM · Roman Kim's arrangement of Bach's Air is published by Baerereiter, here's the link:

And here's a sample of the music:

In this clip ( he talks about his "Air" as well as his arrangement of Bach's Badinerie, to which he applies his own technique to play harmonics. And apparently he's also working on a violin concerto. What an exciting artist!

September 13, 2016 at 02:56 PM · I heard from Roman this morning that this fingerboard is his latest invention, no other news.

September 13, 2016 at 02:56 PM · I heard from Roman this morning that this fingerboard is his latest invention, no other news.

September 15, 2016 at 01:36 AM · I think this is by far my favorite version of the devil's trill:

I hope he visits my city. I'll probably skimp out on a lot of things to just to watch him play.

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