Eastman School of Music, MM
A native of South Korea, Kim was the 1st prize winner in the Korean Music Concours and 3rd prize winner in the Pho-ne classic Competition in Korea. At the age of fifteen, he was invited to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra at the Young-San Art Hall. After coming to the United States, he continued his cello studies with Daniel Laufer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the first prize in the Cobb Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, which gave him the opportunity to play Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the CSO. While at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he won CIM’s concerto competition and went to play at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage. His musical mentors include members of Cleveland, Cavani, Juilliard, Ying, Tokyo string quartets, and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio. He holds a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently pursuing Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot. Kim is playing on a cello generously sponsored by Virtu Foundation.