Born in Seoul, South Korea, cellist Clara Minhye Kim has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, and the U.S. She has been a guest performer and faculty member at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program in the U.S., the Seoul, Busan, and Great Mountains music festivals in Korea, Beauvais Music Festival, and Festival Music Alp in France, among others.
As a recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowship grants from Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Columbia and Yale universities, her principal teachers included Channing Robbins, Aldo Parisot, and Laurence Lesser. She has served as a consultant at the Special Music School of America in New York City for five years, committee member of the New York Music Competition since 2007, and teaches master classes throughout the world.
Kim has served as an adjudicator for various national and international competitions and has recorded for the CRI, SNK, and Albany record labels. Her book on cello method was published by The Korea Economic Daily & Business Publications Inc.
In 2011, Kim was chosen by the U.S. State Department as one of the Korean-American representatives in arts (classical music category) for South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kim’s students have won numerous national and international competitions and awards including the Jack Cooke, Janos Starker, Klein, Johansen, Navarra, Casals, and Young Tchaikovsky, among others. She has taught in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division since 2003 and also teaches at Columbia University.