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Yeesun Kim

Cello Studio I
Yeesun Kim

About Yeesun 

Hailed by the New York Times for her “focused intensity” and “remarkable” performances, cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Ms. Kim has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and festivals. She will be joining the Heifetz Institute for the first time in 2016. 

Ms. Kim has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and as a soloist, 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, DC.

As a member of the Borromeo Quartet since its inception in 1989, Ms. 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, DC. 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].

Ms. Kim currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, in the cello and chamber music departments, and 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 in New Jersey .

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, Ms. Kim has garnered numerous awards individually as well, including winner of the Ewha and Jungagng National Competitions in Korea, and the Seoul Young Artists Award for achievement in music and academics.

Kim is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, with advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Laurence 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.