Artist Bio

James Kim, cello

Possessing an “admirable purity of tone and accuracy” (New York Times), cellist James Kim has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestra and in his native Korea with the Korean Symphony, KBS Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, Daegu Symphony, and Tongyeong Festival Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as David Zinman, Alexander Shelley, Matthias Bamert, Michael Sanderling, Keith Lockhart, Tan Dun, Frank Braley, Jung Chi-Yong, and Julian Kovatchev. A recipient of Salon de Virtuosi’s Sony Career Grant and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, he made his first international appearance at the 2006 David Popper International Cello Competition in Hungary, where he received First Prize. He was a top-prize winner at the 2015 Isang Yun International Cello Competition, where he was also awarded the Special Prize. Kim has given solo recitals and chamber music performances sponsored by the Kumho Foundation’s “Beautiful Thursday” and Prodigy Rising Star Recital Series at Kumho Art Hall, WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces Series at the Greene Space, Robert Sherman’s Young Artists Showcase, the Garden City Chamber Music Society, From the Top, Sejong Soloists, the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Encounters, and the Verbier Festival Academy. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR and National Public Radio. His principal teachers include Susan Moses, János Starker, Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, and Joel Krosnick. James Kim is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Juilliard School, where he is also a Teaching Assistant to Joel Krosnick. He performs on a Matteo Goffriller cello, generously loaned by the Samsung Foundation of Culture and the Stradivari Society.