Kim has been teaching cello privately in the Seattle area since 2000. After receiving her BFA from Alfred University in ’95, Kim went on to receive her Bachelors of Music in cello performance from Cornish College of the Arts in ’05 where she studied with Paige Stockley Lerner. She has also studied with Mara Finkelstein of NW Sinfonietta and Walter Gray of the Seattle Symphony. Kim has received 10 years pedagogy training in the Suzuki method studying under Barbara Wampner, Gilda Barston, and Carey Cheney with supplemental courses in teacher practicum and advanced cello techniques.
Kim has been actively involved in the arts community of the Northwest. Up to the present, her work has included intern and coach at Chamber Music Madness under nationally recognized chamber music teacher Karen Iglitzen, intern at Marrowstone Summer Music Festival, faculty for Lopez Island String Workshop and Vivace Chamber Players, and founder and coach at the Foothills Cello Festival. She has been a member of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra for the past 14 years. She has also performed with Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Lyric Opera NW, Bellevue Opera, Bellevue Ballet, and is an active chamber music performer in the greater Seattle area.
Kim discovered her interest in composition while studying at Cornish and was fortunate to study with Janice Giteck and Jarrad Powell. The premier of her first choral work “Quaking Aspens”, was performed by the Bainbridge Choral in May, 2005. Also in the spring of 2005 the Saint Helens String Quartet performed the first movement of String Quartet No. 1, “I. Sunrise”. In 2006 Kim composed the score for the short film, “R.E.X.” by her friend and collaborator W. Jack Strain, and in 2007 Kim was commissioned by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony to write a piece for their 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. This piece had its Northwest premier with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2009.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and she loves to go backpacking, mountain biking, bikejoring, trail running, and skijoring with her Alaskan Husky, Egret and their partners in adventure Piset and his furry friend, Bernie.