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Born in Osaka, Japan, Kelly Talim discovered her love for the violin at seven years old, when a recording of the Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin came on the radio. At 12, she made her professional concert debut, playing Mendelssohn’s e minor violin concerto with the Vancouver Symphony and later that year with the Oregon Symphony. Kelly is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions and has given solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in major venues in the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Benaroya Hall, as well as across the United Kingdom and continental Europe, Korea, and Japan. Her performances have been recorded on radio as well as on American national television, where she was featured on an episode of HBO: Masterclass. A graduate of the Columbia Juilliard Exchange, Kelly holds a BA in political science, political theory, and international relations from Columbia University and an MM from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Li Lin.


In addition to her work as a performing violinist, Kelly is passionate about fine and rare antique stringed instruments and works closely with Colin Maki, Inc. in New York City. She is driven by her heartfelt commitment to placing the finest examples in the hands of deserving musicians and developing an understanding of the responsibility of caring for them.

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