Korean-American cellist Jia Kim (BM ’11, MM ’13, cello), recipient of the 2017 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, is a performer, educator, and passionate arts advocate. She has appeared on stages across the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and has had performances broadcast on WQXR, PBS, and KMZT Classical. As a chamber musician, Kim has played at venues including Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of the Art, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Korea Society, Barclay Center, Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Jordan, and many more. Kim has been a visiting artist at the University of Hawaii, American Academy of Jordan, College of William and Mary, and Grand Valley State University, and served as a tone judge for the Violin Society of America’s 2016 International Competition. She serves on the faculties of Juilliard Pre-College, New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, and International Music Sessions. Kim is artistic director of the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society in Stowe, Vermont, and Central Chamber Series in New York City, which takes place at Central Presbyterian Church. Kim is grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Itzhak and Toby Perlman, and Joel Krosnick, with whom she studied at Juilliard.