TENAFLY − While most children her age this summer were getting ready to start first grade, 6-year-old Ria Kang was impressing the judges on her violin at the prestigious Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition.

Kang, who recently moved from Philadelphia to Tenafly, made her mark in the borough and in her career as a violinist by winning the Under-13 Age Division at PIMF.

Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kang began her love for the violin with in-person Suzuki method lessons when she was 4. Once the pandemic hit, she switched to online classes and continued to follow in the footsteps of her mother.

Nicole Kim also carries the love for violin as she too played as a child. “Ria’s mom was able to help Ria with her daily practice and progress and she became her practice teacher throughout the pandemic,” said Ria’s father Justin Kang.

Tenafly violinist, 6, wins at Philadelphia Music Festival

Kang competed in Philadelphia playing “Allegro,” of J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, BMW 1041.

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

With her performance, Ria earned a scholarship to PIMF’s 14-day Violin Intensive next summer and the opportunity to be featured on PIMF’s YouTube page.

To provide a balance in Ria’s life, her summer routine consists of two hours of daily violin practice with her mother, homework that is assigned by her father, and free time to either have a playdate with friends, arts and crafts, visiting parks, shopping centers, or watching musicals.

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


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