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Meet Okkyum Kim of OkkyumViolin in Irvine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Okkyum Kim.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started making violins 18 years ago in Sydney, Australia. I wanted to learn a little bit more so I moved to Cremona, Italy. It was the city that was the most famous for violin making. I spent 4 years there, then I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I went to several international violin making competitions and got awards. In 2011, I moved to Southern California to meet more musicians. Now I am making and repairing Violins, Violas, and Cellos for many musicians.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t exactly been a smooth road though. Making violins need a lot more patience than I expected. There have been many times when I finished making a violin and I was not happy with the it. The hardest part is the varnish. The varnish contains many secrets and it is hard to find those secrets. However, there is always a way to accomplish making a wonderful violin.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about OkkyumViolin – what should we know?
I am a violin maker. I craft wonderful handmade violins, violas, and cellos for musicians. I also repair these instruments. The time when I am the happiest is when amazing musicians play my instrument and create wonderful sounds. I think the reason why my instruments are special is because they are handmade. I am proud of what I do.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My daughter and my wife also deserve credit for what I am now. They always encourage me. My family is very important to me. I would also like to thank my teachers (Ilhun Jung and Alexandro Voltini) who helped me become a violin maker.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 80 Cape Cod, Irvine CA 92620
  • Website:
  • Phone: 562-229-4183
  • Email:
  • Facebook: OkkyumKim

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