Yeesun Kim


Yeesun Kim(Cellist) Cellist Yeesun Kim is a member of the Borromeo String Quartet, New England Conservatory's quartet-in-residence.
Hailed by the New York Times for her "focused intensity" and "remarkable" performances, Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Kim has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world's most illustrious concert halls and festivals.
A much sought-after chamber musician, she has been invited to perform at many festivals, including Spoleto in the United States and Italy, Ravinia, Marlboro, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Rockport, Music at Menlo, the Prague Spring Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music, the Stavanger Festival in Norway, the Evian and Divonne Festivals in France, and the Sejong Spring Festival in Korea. Her interest in diverse musical activities led to collaborations with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company and a special multimedia production: Te Amo, Argentina and Forbidden City Ensemble of China.

Recent highlights include performances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, a cycle of Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the complete Bartok quartet cycles at the Curtis Institute of Music, Toronto Music Festival, performances at the International MIMO Festival in Brazil, the Morgan Library in New York, the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., Beijing and Shanghai, China, Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Italy and Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa Festival in Mexico.

Kim has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, including engagements with the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Opera Bastille in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Saejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Library of Congress and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

As a member of the Borromeo Quartet since its inception in 1989, Kim has had extensive involvement with NPR's "Performance Today," the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Her radio and television credits also include "Live from Lincoln Center" and numerous appearances on WGBH in Boston, Radio France, and NHK Radio and Television in Japan. Recording credits include Native Informant, featuring music of Mohammed Fairouz (2013), As it was, Is, And will be, featuring music of Gunther Schuller (2011),String Quartets by Robert Maggio (2011), Speak Like the People, Write Like the King, featuring music by Steve Mackey (2009), Soul Garden: The Chamber Music of Derek Bermel (2002), Beethoven: Serioso (2002), and Ravel: String Quartet and Sonata for Violin & Cello (1999).

Kim currently serves on the faculty of Walnut Hill School and New England Conservatory, in the cello and chamber music departments and is the Chair of String Department. Kim teaches each summer at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico. She has also taught at the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Canada, the Suntory Hall Fellows Academy in Japan, at the Seoul National University and National University of Arts in Korea, and for the Foulger Institute.

She is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center's Martin Segal Award, and the Evian International String Quartet Competition as a member of the Borromeo Quartet. Kim is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, with advanced degrees from New England Conservatory. Her teachers include Lawrence Lesser, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Hyungwon Chang, and Minja Hyun.

She plays a Peregrino Zanetto cello, circa 1576, one of the oldest in the world.
   
   
   




Minhye Clara Kim

Cellist Clara Minhye Kim has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. She has been a guest performer and faculty at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in U.S., Seoul Music Festival and Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, Beauvais Music Festival and Festival Music Alp in France, among others.

Dr. Kim has been a Juror of the International Schadt String Competition in Pennsylvania, Young Performer's Music Competition in New Jersey,the New York Music Competition and has recorded for CRI, SNK, and Albany Records. Her book on cello method has been published under The Korea Economic Daily & Business Publications Inc., and also received top prizes at the Parisot-Friedman International String Competition and the Orchestras of New York String Competitions.

As a recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowship grants from The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Columbia and Yale Universities, her principal teachers included Channing Robbins, Aldo Parisot, and Laurence Lesser. She has also served as a consultant at the Special Music School of America in New York City for five years and gives masterclasses throughout the United States.

Dr. Kim currently holds the largest studio at the Juilliard School where her students have won numerous national and international awards such as From the Top Jack Cooke Awards, winners of the International Young Tchaikovsky Competition, International Andre Navarra Competition, International Irving Klein Competition, Johansen International Competition, and etc..

She was the youngest full time string faculty to be appointed at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 2003, in addition to teaching at the Columbia and Princeton Universities.
   
   
   
 
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