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Okkyum Kim

Violin Maker

I was born in South Korea. Since I was interested in music, I started playing the piano when I was a child. When I was in Sydney, Australia, I had an opportunity to meet with a violinmaker, Mr. Harry Vatillotis, in 1999. I visited his studio and saw his work and tools.  This short visit made me devote myself to make a violin. During my musical journey, I met Marioscida, a professional violinmaker, in Melbourne, Australia, in 2001 and spent a year with him. Also, I worked with Il Hun Jung in Kwangju, South Korea. Later, I was able to study with Mr. Alessandro Voltini at the Stradivari International Violin Making School in Cremona, Italy. After graduating from this school, I worked in the Carlson & Neumann Workshop in Italy.  I later moved to the USA to work in Huthmaker Violin in Atlanta, GA.  As of 2011, I manage my own violinmaking, repair, and restoration studio. I am always pleased to talk with students and colleagues about music and violin-related topics. I live with my wife, Sue, and my daughter, Susan, in Irvine, CA. My family and I enjoy visiting and experiencing the many multicultural attractions of California.


2006 - graduated the violin making school in Italy, Cremona


2006 - viola workmanship certificate of merit in the 17th international Violin Society of America


2008 - gold medal in the international violin making competition in Mexico


2009 - bronze medal for viola in the Triennale International violin making  competition in Cremona, Italy

Media Publishing



THE Atlanta Journal-Constitution  " Instrument maker's in tune with his craft"  -- Nov 17, 2009


The Strad  - Violin maker Okkyum Kim "The Dream came true"  -  February 2016


Voyage LA  -  Meet Okkyum Kim of Okkyum  , Violin in Irvine. - September 2017

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