Kim will take up the role of assistant professor of cello at the University of Georgia from the 2024-25 academic year


Cellist James Kim

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The Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia (UGA), has announced the appointment of James Kim as assistant professor of cello. Kim will begin teaching at the start of the 2024-25 academic year and succeeds professor of cello David Starkweather, who will retire at the end of the 2023-24 year after 41 years at UGA.

’I am proud to join the incredible faculty of Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the vibrant campus of University of Georgia,’ said Kim. ’It is my honour to be part of a community that not only achieves excellence but also participates in society within and beyond its state borders. I look forward to guiding students toward their goals and sharing the lessons I’ve learned in the process.’

Originially from South Korea, Kim holds an artist diploma from The Juilliard School, where he served as studio teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick, and a doctor of musical arts from Manhattan School of Music, where he was a teaching fellow. He is a regular guest lecturer at Seoul National University’s College of Music.

He has appeared as soloist with Daegu, Korean, Gwacheon, and S.O.N.G. Symphonies; Incheon, Daejeon, and Goyang Philharmonics; and TIMF and KBS orchestras, engagements which have brought him to Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, Tongyeong Concert Hall, Daegu Concert House, and DITTO Festival. He served as guest principal cellist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022.

A champion of Korean composer Shinuh Lee, Kim premiered her Cello Concerto with Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra in 2021. In the same year, Sony Classical released his album Death and Offering presenting her works dedicated to him. Last December, he gave a recital of works from the album at IBK Chamber Hall of Seoul Arts Center.

Kim was the winner of the 2006 David Popper International Cello Competition and Salon de Virtuosi’s 2012 Sony Career Grant, and a top-prize and special-prize winner of the 2015 Isang Yun International Cello Competition.

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