Twenty-two year old violist Aekyung Kim realized her wish to play the violin at age 7. Ms. Kim’s desire and ambition grew during her studies with I Hao Lee from 2008-2011; during this time she won various competitions, gaining solo performance opportunities at Carnegie Weill Hall, Tilles Center, and Kennedy Center. Ms. Kim discovered her passion for the viola in 2010 and attended Juilliard Pre-College the following year. Her achievements with the viola include Grand Prizes in the Wagner College Young Musicians competition, the Golden Key competition, and the American Protege competition. Ms. Kim attended The Juilliard School for her undergraduate degree under the tutelage of Toby Appel.
From 2014-2016, Ms. Kim spent three summers at one of her favorite places, the Tanglewood music center, where she performed under conductors: Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stephane Deneve, Leonard Slatkin, and Andris Nelsons and collaborated with world renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Roberto Diaz, and Nikolai Lugansky. Wonderful opportunities that she’s received through Tanglewood include performing in the TMC alumni chamber orchestra alongside Yo-Yo Ma in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, and winning the chance to play Mahler Symphony No. 1 in the Boston Symphony Orchestra viola section in August, 2016.
Ms. Kim is currently pursuing her graduate degree at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman and Cynthia Phelps, and has recently joined the viola section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.