Cellist Jia Kim, recently chosen as recipient of the prestigious 2017 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in its 10th and final year, began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation's National Debut Concerto Competition. Since then Ms.Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. Her performances have been reviewed by the New York Times, Vermont Today, South Florida Classical Review, the HamptonRoads and have been broadcasted on WQXR, PBS and KMZT Classical.
As a passionate and active chamber musician, Ms.Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, A Far Cry, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Orion String Quartet among others. She has appeared in performance at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, Miami's Arsht Center, Valle De Bravo in Mexico, Toronto's Royal Conservatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Korea Society in NYC, Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Al-Hussein Cultural Center at the National Music Conservatory of Jordan, and many more.
Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including the Jack Smith Memorial Award, Most Promising Young Talent at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in California, and Performing Arts Scholarship at the Cerritos Center of Arts Education. She has received full Scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
As a teenager, she spent five summers at The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island which gave her life changing experiences. She has also participated in festivals such as Académie musicale de Villecroze, Kneisel Hall, White Mountains Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to tour with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and in New York City.
A devoted educator, Ms.Kim has worked with students from the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, American Academy of Jordan, Jerusalem Music Center, and Grand Valley State University. She serves as faculty of the Brearley School, New York Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program, and has been invited to do a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Hawaii and College of William and Mary. In 2016, she served as Tone Judge for the Violin Society of America Competition and was appointed as new Artistic Director of International Music Sessions, a unique summer program bringing youth around the world to foster cultural exchange through music.
Ms. Kim performs on a 1748 Testore Cello. She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby&Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School for a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music.