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
Kim has had the opportunity to participate as a student musician and fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Miami Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, California Summer and Intensive Chamber Music Seminar
I started my musical journey as a child in South Korea at the age of 7. I've had more than a dozen of teachers of multiple varieties of personalities, characteristics, and teaching styles/methods. Since my immigration to the United States when I was 11 years old, I've been involved in my school ensembles, local youth orchestras, All-County/State orchestras, community orchestras, and professional orchestras every single year. Over these years of variety of experiences in music making and learning has shaped me to understand what it really means to be a wonderful teacher and performer. All things aside, I consider one thing to be the most important when pursuing music - to have fun. When my students are enjoying their time, I enjoy teaching them that much more. When they are not, I find many other ways to meet their needs to achieve that goal.
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Canada, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, and major cities throughout the U.S.
I am very much interested in working with all kinds of students. Although I do not have prior professional experience in dealing with students with special needs, I'm very much inspired to learn from those who have (through school, local private teachers, etc) and am determined to learn through my own personal experiences with them.
I am very familiar with the Suzuki methods because my personal foundation developed through them. I learned the cello playing through this method for years and have taught students using the Suzuki books. However, I am not professional trained/certified by the association.
Chloe is enjoying her lesson and has already learned new fundamental tips about how to play. In fact, she was watching a video of a cello quartet playing Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal and she said to me that they were holding their bow the same way her teacher Brian instructed her to hold hers. Mr Kim is kind, patient, and knowledgeable.
Brian is fantastic. My son is only five and he is so excited about his upcoming lessons every time. This is part of why he's committed to keep going with the cello in addition to piano. He is very prompt as well.
Brian is a fantastic and dedicated teacher He really brings a wisdom to teaching an instrument, you'd think he had decades of teaching behind him.
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