One of the most active violinists and violin professors in South Korea, Joseph Kim studied with legendary Oscar Shumsky both at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School of Music. His extensive musical career includes serving as a concertmaster for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the age of 27, later concertmaster of New Orleans Symphony and Korea's KBS Symphony Orchestra. Also as a guest concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony, Japan's Sapporo Symphony and many other orchestras. He made his solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony at Carnegie Hall and concertized widely covering the entire globe, appearing at most prestigious venues of the world with his Kumho String Quartet. Prof. Kim was awarded "Musicians of the Year" in 1995 by the Musician's Guild of Korea. He was also appointed as a Cultural Ambassador of Korea and received Presidential Award for his achievements in creating Kumho String Quartet and performing widely throughout the world. He also served as a member of jury at international competitions, including Tong Yong International Competition and Tchaikovsky International Competition. Most recently he was awarded performance achievement award given by Korean Management Association.
A devoted educator, Prof. Kim has held professorship from 1990 to 2010 at Han Yang University College of Music, where presently, he holds Professor Emeritus position.
Currently, he is a music director of K.K. Chamber Ensemble, Nirvana Philharmonic and New Asia String Quartet.