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Eric Kim, cello


Kim-EricCellist Eric Kim has a diverse career performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle and Far East as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. Having made his solo debut at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Kim was a featured soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on its critically acclaimed tour of the Far East, and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San Diego. He has collaborated as soloist with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Sergiu Comissiona, Lawrence Foster, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and has served as principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1989-2009. He has also held principal cello positions with the San Diego and Denver symphonies.

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Be sure to hear Eric Kim’s 2014 Festival performances listed below

Wednesday, August 13, 7:30PM
Quartet for the End of Time & Mozart

Thursday, August 14, 6:00PM
Quartet for the End of Time & Mozart

Sunday, August 17, 6:00PM
Bronfman plays Brahms

Thursday, August 21, 6:00PM
Beethoven’s Last: Archduke Trio & Sonatas

Saturday, August 23, 6:00PM
Brandenburg Concertos 1, 2 & 6

Sunday, August 24, 6:00PM
Beethoven Trio, Brahms Sextet


Active as a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Susan Graham, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Hough, Jaime Laredo, Menahem Pressler, and Gil Shaham, as well as collaborating with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets. At the invitation of violinist Pinchas Zukerman, he performed with Mr. Zukerman at the festivals of Athens (Greece), Mostly Mozart (New York), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), and Verbier (Switzerland). He has also participated in several tours with Mr. Zukerman to South America and Israel as a member of the Pinchas Zukerman and Friends chamber ensemble. Highlights include chamber music debuts at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center performing both Brahms Sextets with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Michael Tree, among others. Mr. Kim can also be regularly heard at the festivals of Angel Fire, Aspen, La Jolla, Orcas Island, Sangat, Santa Fe, and Savannah. Mr. Kim has also made several recordings for the RCA, EMI, Telarc, and Koch labels.

Mr. Kim joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year. As a teacher, he has students in major orchestras throughout the world. He is a regular teacher and performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School as well as the Music Masters Course in Japan program held in Yokohama and Tokyo.

Born of Korean parents in New York City, Mr. Kim grew up in Illinois where he began piano studies with his mother at age five. At age ten, he began cello studies with Tanya L. Carey. Mr. Kim received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with Leonard Rose, Lynn Harrell, and Channing Robbins. Upon graduation, Mr. Kim received the first William Schuman Prize, awarded for outstanding leadership and achievement in music.