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James Kim, cellist


James Kim has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Walloon Royal Chamber, Juilliard, New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic, Tongyeong Festival, Korean Symphony, Daegu Symphony, and Korean Broadcasting System, in venues including the Symphony Hall of Boston, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Zankel Hall and Stern Auditorium, Lotte Concert Hall, Tongyeong Concert Hall, Daegu Concert House, and Seongnam Arts Center, with conductors such as David Zinman, Alexander Shelley, Matthias Bamert, Michael Sanderling, Keith Lockhart, Tan Dun, Benjamin Zander, Frank Braley, Jung Chi Yong, and Julian Kovatchev to critical acclaim. A recipient of Salon de Virtuosi’s Sony Career Grant and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, James Kim made his first international appearance at the 2006 David Popper International Cello Competition in Hungary, where he received First Prize. He was a top prizewinner at the 2015 Isang Yun International Cello Competition, where he was also awarded Special Prize. He has given solo recitals sponsored by Kumho Foundation's “Beautiful Thursday,” “Prodigy,” and “Rising Star” Recital Series at Kumho Art Hall, WQXR Midday Masterpieces Series at the Greene Space, Robert Sherman’s Young Artist Showcase at WQXR, Bruce Adolphe's Garden City Chamber Music Society in Long Island, New York, “From the Top” live from Jordan Hall, and Yale School of Music for his 2013 Carnegie Weill recital debut, which garnered rave reviews. He has given chamber music performances at Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Encounters, Verbier Festival Academy, Music@Menlo, and with the Sejong Soloists, where he is a member. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR and National Public Radio. His principal teachers include Susan Moses, Janos Starker, Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, and Joel Krosnick. An Artist Diploma graduate from The Juilliard School, where he is Studio Teaching Assistant to Joel Krosnick, he currently studies with Philippe Muller at the Manhattan School of Music. He performs on a Matteo Goffriller cello from Venice ca. 1715, generously loaned by The Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and The Stradivari Society® of Chicago, Illinois.


Soloist with Orchestras

Daegu Symphony Orchestra (Julian Kovatchev) 2018

Korean Symphony Orchestra (Jung Chi Yong) 2018

Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra (Shinik Hahm) 2011, (Jang Yun Song) 2017

Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Matthias Bamert) 2017

Walloon Royal Chamber Orchestra (Frank Braley) 2017

Juilliard Orchestra (David Zinman) 2015, (Tan Dun) 2017

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Alexander Shelley) 2016

Tongyeong Festival Orchestra (Michael Sanderling) 2015

New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (Benjamin Zander) 2010

Boston Symphony Orchestra (Keith Lockhart) 2009



Kumho Art Hall “Rising Star” Series Recital, Seoul, Korea 2018

WQXR Midday Masterpieces Series at the Greene Space, New York, NY 2017

Kumho Art Hall “Beautiful Thursday” Series Recital, Seoul, Korea 2016

Carnegie Weill Hall Recital Debut Sponsored by Yale School of Music, New York, NY 2013

Robert Sherman’s McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase, WQXR Broadcast, New York, NY 2013

“From the Top” Live Taping at Jordan Hall, NPR Broadcast, Boston, MA 2009

Kumho Art Hall “Prodigy” Series Recital, Seoul, Korea 2008



Third Prize & Park Seong Yeowng Special Prize, Isang Yun International Cello Competition, Tongyeong, Korea 2015

First Prize, Juilliard Concerto Competition 2015

Alumni Prize, Yale School of Music 2013

Sony-USA Foundation Career Grant from Salon de Virtuosi 2012

First Prize, Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition 2009

First Prize, New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competition 2009

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship 2009

First Prize, David Popper International Cello Competition, Varpalota, Hungary 2006



Teaching Assistant to Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, New York, NY 2016-present

Recipient of Matteo Goffriller cello on loan from Samsung Foundation of Culture and Stradivari Society® 2016-present

Member of Sejong Soloists 2013-present



Manhattan School of Music – Professional Studies (Philippe Muller) New York, NY 2018-2019

The Juilliard School – Artist Diploma in Performance (Joel Krosnick) New York, NY 2016-2018

The Juilliard School – Bachelors of Music (Joel Krosnick) New York, NY 2013-2016

Yale School of Music – Masters of Music (Aldo Parisot) New Haven, CT 2010-2013

Walnut Hill School for the Arts – High School Diploma (Laurence Lesser) Boston, MA 2007-2010

Indiana University String Academy (Susan Moses, Janos Starker) Bloomington, IN 2002-2007



The soloist of the evening was an already heralded cellist, James Kim. The young Korean (who, sitting, was almost eclipsed by his cello) gave a wonderfully stormy account of the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto.. Stormy without the mania which its dedicatee Mstislav Rostropovich gave to the music. But that was Rostropovich, and there was no reason for Mr. Kim to try and imitate an artist of such a singular temperament. Instead, Mr. Kim was deft, thunderous when needed, and in that extraordinary polyphonic cadenza, he did something rare...Yes, it was performed without a hitch, it was transparent, vital, lyrical. But Mr. Kim never seemed to find its agonizing difficulty. He never sculpted out its passions. Rather, he played that cadenza with a brooding, sensitive exceptional expression. With Mr. Zinman directing the complex orchestral part behind him, it was a noble and memorable performance.
— Harry Rolnick, Concertonet
The young Mr. Kim played with admirable purity of tone and accuracy.
— James R. Oestreich, New York Times
There are debuts and debuts: the blood bank of human endeavor is forever bringing new musical talent to the fore. But I daresay, the recital of a 19-year-old cellist at Weill Hall on February 3rd was more than merely excellent, it was an historical coming of a fully honed master virtuoso; one is compelled to formulate new standards for the golden instrument!...But all of this foregoing is commonplace: after a few astonishing and beautifully tapered, long spun phrases of Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, D. 821, this astonished and experienced connoisseur realized that James Kim is a miracle. Never before, have I encountered such winged ease, such airborne joy, such silken smooth bowing and tone production. All of these facets were present at the service of stylistic knowledge, bracing rhythmic thrust and most importantly, an inviting warmth and modest honesty.
— Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review
The Shostakovich provided a fine showcase for the 16-year-old cellist Jeonghwan James Kim as well as for the orchestra...The playing here was wonderfully atmospheric. This led without pause into the third movement, ‘Cadenza,’ which was entirely solo cello. Here Mr. Kim displayed his virtuosity, always using it for musical ends. Mr. Kim, Mr. Zander, and the YPO richly deserved the vociferous approval the audience gave them.
— Geoffrey Wieting, The Boston Musical Intelligencer


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