Aekyung Kim is a passionate orchestral musician who is well versed in solo and chamber performance. Along with frequent performances in chamber, orchestra and educational outreach concerts, she brings music to the community through teaching. As a Suzuki certified educator, she is currently on faculty at the Fairfield | Trumbull School of Music. As an active traveling musician, she always makes time for extra projects in NYC, performing with groups such as the Novus ensemble, the Music and Medicine orchestra, Handel Festival Orchestra, and Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra.
Aekyung has held solo performances at venues such as Carnegie Weill Hall and Tilles Center, and participated in prestigious festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has worked under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève, Leonard Slatkin, and Andris Nelsons and collaborated with world renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, and Roberto Diaz. Some of the most cherished moments in her performance career include playing alongside Yo-Yo Ma in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors and performing Mahler Symphony No. 1 in the Boston Symphony Orchestra viola section.
Aekyung is currently part of the Leadlights quartet, a string ensemble based in New York, NY dedicated to presenting contemporary and classical music in accessible, interactive ways. Leadlights holds performances in hospitals, public schools, nursing homes, theaters and outdoor concerts. Ms. Kim has also performed chamber music in venues such as the Peter Jay Sharp theater in Lincoln Center, Ozawa Hall, the New York Supreme Court building, and the United Nations Headquarters.
Aekyung graduated from The Juilliard School with both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in viola performance. There, she studied with principal violist of the NY Philharmonic Cynthia Phelps, and renowned pedagogists Heidi Castleman and Toby Appel.