Inspired at the age of five by the sound of his kindergarten teacher’s playing, Connor Kim decided to pursue his passion for music, and two years later started his studies under the tutelage of Mrs. Kyeong Hwa Kim.
Among his many awards, Connor received First Place from the Chinese Music Teachers Association of North California, and was a winner of the Menuhin-Dowling Nueva Competition. He has performed with the El Camino Youth Symphony and the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra after winning their respective concerto competitions. In 2009 as a winner from the Y.E.S. Foundation, he won the Margaret Brady Study Grant and was also chosen to participate in the Junior Bach Festival in both 2009 and 2012. In 2010 Connor won the Nafisa Taghioff Award (reserved for performers under 16) from the Fremont Symphony Young Artist Competition, and two years later took First Place in the competition performing Dvořák Cello Concerto. During the same year, he was a semifinalist in the Johansen International Competition in Washington D.C. In 2013, he placed 1st at the American Fine Arts Festival International Competition, allowing him to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Also in 2013, he won 1st place at the Santa Cruz Baroque Music Festival with his quintet, performing the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor. Late March of 2014, Connor made his debut performing the Dvorák Cello Concerto with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra as the winner from the competition previously.
Connor, a passionate chamber musician, has also participated in various chamber music programs. Of those many years spent at festivals, three consecutive years were at the acclaimed Hotchkiss Summer Portals on full scholarship. There, he was able to collaborate and study with such artists as Ida Kavafian, Melvin Chen, and the Shanghai, Miami, Miró and Brentano Quartets. During his last year at Hotchkiss, Connor had the pleasurable opportunity to solo with Ida Kavafian performing Piazzola’s Otoño Porteño. He also attended the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in 2012.
In the winter of 2016, he took part in Juilliard’s ChamberFest Program and was given the opportunity to be coached by Catherine Cho and Timothy Eddy. He just attended his third summer at Kneisel Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill Maine, this year, where he had the opportunity to study with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and Laurie Smukler. Kim was also selected to participate in IMS Prussia Cove Masterclass series, where he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum this past spring, and also participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop the beginning of this summer.
Connor is currently going into his fourth year as an undergraduate cellist at the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Mr. Joel Krosnick. He is attending under a full tuition scholarship provided generously by the George L. Shields Memorial Scholarship and Mari Brown Scholarship.