Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kayleen Kim | 2nd Prize | Strings | 6th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition


Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68

Kayleen Kim is currently a freshman who resides in Irvine, California and started her cello studies at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Professor Jenny Hyunseung Oh from Concordia University. Kayleen has won first-place awards from Satori Music Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, ENKOR International Music Competition (1st place in the cello division), and the American Protégé. She has won Music Teachers' Association of California ensemble awards and was the state finalist for the VOCE ensemble award with her piano trio, the Cantabile Trio, in the past years. She has participated in the Irvine Honors Chamber Orchestra in the year 2017, and in the Irvine Honors Orchestra in the year 2018. Kayleen participated in Junior Chamber Music (JCM) from 2017-2018 and her trio was selected to attend an Honors Tour in Europe. She performed in masterclasses with Nicholas Radulescu, Radim Sedmidubsky, and Dr. Chenny Gan; and performed in Smetana Museum in Prague, Vienna Boys Choir Concert Hall, and Hall of Mirrors in Budapest. She has also played in the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) in the years of 2018-2020, was the principal cellist of the 2019-2020 season, and has been invited to play in the PSSS Quartet for the 2019-2020 season. She has performed in the Segerstrom Hall, the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble Alumni Concert Recital, Pacific Symphony Lantern Festival, and the Muzeo Museum Gala for her quartets. Being the first place winner in the Romantic Music category, Kayleen has been invited to play in Carnegie Weill Hall by American Protégé International Concerto Competition in Dec. 2021. She has also been selected to join the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in 2021 and was a selected soloist and the principal of the cello section.