Jia Kim, Cello
Artistic Director 

 

Cellist Jia Kim enjoys a rich musical life as a performer, teacher and arts advocate. She began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation's National Debut Concerto Competition. Since then Ms.Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. Her performances have been reviewed by the New York Times, Vermont Today, South Florida Classical Review, the HamptonRoads and have been broadcasted on WQXR, PBS and KMZT Classical.

As a passionate and active chamber musician, Ms. Kim is one of the founding members of the Fidelio String Quartet and Tristan Piano Quartet which made their debut in New York's Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Ms.Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Orion String Quartet among others. She has appeared in performance at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, Miami's Arsht Center, Valle De Bravo in Mexico, Toronto's Royal Conservatory, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Korea Society in NYC, The Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Princeton University's Alexander Hall, and many more. 

Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including the Jack Smith Memorial Award, Most Promising Young Talent at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in California, and Performing Arts Scholarship at the Cerritos Center of Arts Education.  She has received full Scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.  As a teenager, she spent five summers at The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island which gave her life changing experiences. She has also participated at Kneisel Hall in Maine, White Mountains Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to perform with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and in New York City. 

Ms.Kim serves as faculty of the Brearley School and the New York Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program. She was invited to do a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Hawaii and also at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Ms. Kim performs on a 2005 Mario Miralles Cello, by a generous loan from the Maestro Foundation. She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby & Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School for her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music.  http://www.jiakimcello.com/