Kihae Kim’s Biography
Kihae Kim began her musical education at the age of four learning to play piano. At age 8, she was introduced to the cello. At 13, she became the youngest soloist to perform with the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra. At 15, she was selected to perform in an ensemble with world renowned musicians, Janos Starker and Reinhold Buhl. Prior to her departure for the United States she was awarded Korea's highest prize for musical performance, the coveted Nan-Pa Award. Since Ms. Kim’s arrival in the United States at age 16, she studied with some of the world’s best known cellists, such as Janos Starker, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Gabor Rejto. Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Kim appeared in a variety of venues throughout United States and Europe. She served as a faculty member for the International Chamber Music Festival in Italy and France in 2012 and has performed with a number of orchestras as soloist. Her audiences have encompassed Emperor and Empress of Japan, numerous Hollywood stars, concertgoers, school children, and churches.
Ms. Kim has more than 30 years of teaching experience, has served as a jury member for wide range of competitions and auditions, is a coach for a variety of orchestras, and is currently a member of the Musical Arts Club, the MTAC, the Los Angeles Violoncello Society, and the Southwestern Young Musicians Festival. She teaches cello privately as well as at the North Orange County Community College District including Cypress College and Fullerton College, Oxford Academy, and New California Conservatory. She is also the conductor and director of the advanced Anaheim Union High School GATE Orchestra. She appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a member of various orchestras. She also served as a Panel String Chair for the Music Teachers Association of California.
Ms. Kihae is a wonderful and an amazing teacher. She will lead the students to be great musicians. If the student has trouble, she will help him/her just like her own child. Not only can she give you a great lesson, but she will have the students learn to enjoy the cello.