A native of Seoul, Korea, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim has been praised for his "assertive style...and vital musical spirit." (Pittsburgh Tribune) He is a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet. Outside of the quartet, he has participated in many prestigious festivals, including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses and Festival, the World Cello Congress III, the Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program, among others.
A winner of numerous competitions both at home and abroad, Kee won top prizes in virtually all of the major competitions in Korea, including the Ehwa, Sae-gae, and Korean Newspaper Competitions, as well as placing second in the Pusan National Competition. He was the recipient of the Landgraf-von-Hessen Prize at the 1999 Kronberg Cello Masterclasses, and won second prize in the Hudson Valley String competition in 2002. As a member of the Parker Quartet, some awards and distinctions include 1st prize at the Bordeaux String Quartet competition, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and 2010's Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance. Currently he is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Music, where the quartet was appointed Blodgett Artists-in-Residence in 2014.
Mr. Kim started his musical education very early on, starting at the Juilliard pre-college in 1992. Since then, he has attended the preparatory divisions of the Korean National University of the Arts, where he studied with Myung-Wha Chung; the New England Conservatory, and the Walnut Hill School. He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory, as well as two M.M. from the same institution, where his principal teachers were Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz.
Kee plays on an 1844 Giaccomo Rivolta cello made in Milan, as well as a custom-made bow from Benoit Rolland, made in 2007.
When not playing the cello, Kee's other interests include maintaining physical and mental health and well-being, international cuisine, NBA basketball, and his cat, Sammy.
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