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The 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Semifinalists - Biography

Jean Kim

Jean Kim

Cellist Jean Kim, 16, has won first prize in numerous competitions including the Juilliard Pre-College Cello Competition, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, New York Music Competition for Young Artists and LIC International Music Competition. She won second prize of the Queens Symphony Young Soloist Competition, was a semifinalist of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Competition and was third-prize winner of the 2012 Johansen International Strings Competition.

She has performed as a soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theater at Columbia University, Claude L. Shaver Theatre, Rolston Recital Hall, Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall and Morse Hall of Lincoln Center.

As a virtuoso soloist, Kim was selected to appear on a national broadcast of NPR’s From the Top. Kim has performed as a soloist for festivals including Serenade at St. George’s and Music for a Summer Evening in Banff Centre and Beaux Concerts de la Releve at Orford d’Arts Centre. Kim’s trio has been featured in concerts including An Evening of Chamber Music at Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Chamber Festival at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

Kim has served as a principal cellist of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and PCCO Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman as guest conductor. She played for master classes and studied with Karine Georgian, Luis Claret, Myung-Wha Chung, Laurence Lesser, Phillipe Muller, Sung-Won Yang and Aldo Parisot.

A sophomore at Sleepy Hollow High School in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Kim has been a scholarship student of Minhye Clara Kim at The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, since age 9.