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About Brian Kim
D.C. based South Korean cellist Byung "Brian" Kim, 22, hails from Potomac, Maryland. Currently a B.M. and B.M.E. candidate at the University of Maryland, Kim studies with Eric Kutz. Previously, Kim received private instruction under retired University of Illinois professor, Laurien Laufman, National Symphony Orchestra’s assistant principal cellist, Glenn Garlick, David Teie, Tanya Anisimova, and Lori Barnet.
Kim began his musical studies in South Korea at the age of eight and carried his passion for music making to the United States. Recognized for his artistic talent in his youth, Kim won the Silver Prize at the International Music Competition (South Korea) in 2005 hosted by the International Arts and Cultural Exchange Association.
Since his immigration in 2006, Kim has had the opportunity to participate as a student musician and fellow at the Brevard Music Center, Miami Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, California Summer Music, and Intensive Chamber Music Seminar at Moss Art Center to study with cellists Andrés Díaz, Felix Wang, Irene Sharp, and members of the Vermeer, Ying, Shanghai, and Calidore quartets.
Recipient and winner of numerous local/state/national competitions, scholarships, and other honors, Kim was invited to perform at renowned venues such as the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center (D.C.), Strathmore (MD), Moss Art Center (VA), Adrienne Arsht Center (FL), Green Music Center (CA), and Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall (NY). His success has led to invitation to participate in masterclasses with renown artists Janos Starker, Darett Adkins, Peter Wiley, Amit Peled, Andrés Díaz, and the members of the Guarneri, Pacifica, and Calder quartets.
As an educator, Kim currently serves faculty positions at the Richardson School of Music, B&B Music Lessons, and Music&Arts.
In my teaching, I seek to teach my students how to essentially become their own teachers. I believe this to be the best gift a teacher can give to a student. I incorporate a variety of pedagogical methods that are individually tailored to each of my students’ needs to teach physical/mental discipline while bridging the gap between technique and musicianship. Most importantly, it is my priority to help my students learn to love the craft of music making as it is the most valuable ingredient in nurturing a well-rounded musician.