Cellist Ahrim Kim is an artist accomplished as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. She has most recently been appointed principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She was awarded the Cassado Prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan, and top prizes in numerous other competitions, including the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, the Five Towns Music Competition and the Corpus Christi International Competition. She has performed solo and chamber repertoire at Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, the Sarasota Music Festival, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Kennedy Center, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and others. She joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 2014-15 season as acting principal cellist, and she has also played in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim began her cello studies at the age of 6. Upon her move to the United States in 2002, she continued her musical education at Juilliard’s Pre-college division in NYC. She holds both Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Cello Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser and Natasha Brofsky.
Kim was awarded the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association as the cellist of the Klimt Trio. As a chamber musician, she has participated in Festivals such as Yellow Barn, Chesapeake Chamber Music, and Marlboro.