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Minju Kim

Principal, Ari Hightower Chair

Dr. Minju Kim, violinist and violist, leads a diverse musical life as a teacher, chamber, and orchestral musician and continues to perform throughout North America and abroad.

As a chamber and orchestral musician, Dr. Kim has made appearances at festivals such as Artosphere Festival, Festival de Febrero, Strings Music Festival, Britt Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and Caroga Lake Festival. Her diverse interests have taken her to perform extensively with ensembles such as Jankovic Ensemble for string guitar and guitar and Khemia Ensemble. Her performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today and WCLV. She is the second violin principal of CityMusic Cleveland and has previously led as the concertmistress in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra.

With a music minor in music education, Dr. Kim is passionate about making a positive impact in the community as an educator. She is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Program and is the chair of string area and assistant professor of violin and viola at the University of Akron School of Music. She has also taught at Encore Chamber Music, Festival del Lago, IU Summer String Academy, Community Music School at Oberlin College, and Habitat4Music.

Dr. Kim holds her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and Doctor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she served an assistant instructor. She studied with Paul Kantor, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mauricio Fuks, and Ik-Hwan Bae, and her other mentors also include Alex Kerr, Nam-yun Kim, and Henri Gronnier.

Dr. Kim is also a certified ELDOA trainer and a yoga enthusiast, and she is passionate about educating musicians about health, body awareness, and injury prevention. She gives regular ELDOA workshops at institutions and festivals, and also holds ELDOA series at the Yoga Room on Murray Hill. Away from music, she enjoys hiking, running, practicing yoga, nutritious cooking, museums, movies, being in nature, and being a lifelong learner.

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CityMusic Cleveland flourishes on first program with new director Amit Peled

October 22, 2019

Posted Oct 21, 2019 Cellist-conductor Amit Peled has begun his tenure as music director of CityMusic Cleveland. He conducted the group in a series of performances last week.   By Mark Satola | Special to The Plain Dealer   CLEVELAND, Ohio — In Amit Peled, CityMusic Cleveland has doubled its investment. Not only has it […]



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With generous support from the Cleveland Foundation, CityMusic Cleveland has embarked on a mission to enhance our digital footprint to more fully engage with our local communities, especially younger audiences. Our social media consultant has documented the strategy so far as a resource for other non-profits who may struggle to find the resources to devote to digital media. (link to social media resource page)


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