Tenafly violinist, 6, wins Philadelphia Music Festival


TENAFLY — With most kids her age this summer gearing up to start first grade, 6-year-old Ria Kang wowed the judges on her violin at the prestigious Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition.

Kang, who recently moved from Philadelphia to Tenafly, made his mark in the borough and in his violin career by winning the under-13 division at the PIMF.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kang began his love for the violin with in-person Suzuki Method lessons when he was 4 years old. Once the pandemic hit, she switched to online classes and continued to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Nicole Kim also loves the violin because she too played it in her childhood. “Ria’s mother was able to help Ria with her daily practice and progress and became her practice teacher throughout the pandemic,” Ria’s father Justin Kang said.

Kang competed in Philadelphia playing “Allegro”, from JS Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, BMW 1041.

“I’m working on the third movement of the same piece,” Ria Kang said in a statement.

Thanks to her performance, Ria won a scholarship for PIMF’s intensive 14-day violin course next summer and the opportunity to be featured on PIMF’s YouTube page.

To balance Ria’s life, her summer routine consists of two hours of daily violin practice with her mother, homework assigned by her father, and free time to play with friends, do arts and crafts, visit parks, go shopping. centers or watch musicals.

To see his performance on YouTube, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de2krYDIMow&t=6s.


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