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Andrew Y. Kim

Cellist Andrew Kim, originally from Seoul, South Korea is the Founder and Music Director of Monthly Chamber Music Concert Series at Andy Kim Music Studio in Northvale, New Jersey since 2011.  In 1976, Mr. Kim was invited to study with Heidi Litchauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  While visiting his siblings in the United States, he attended the Meadowmount School of Music where he studied with Channing Robbins during the summer of 1978.   At the end of the summer, a world famous cellist Aldo Parisot, a professor at Yale University School of Music, literally picked him up and gave him a room and board in his house in Connecticut, teaching, raising, and shaping him up to be the type of a musician Mr. Kim has become today.  Mr. Kim was a frequent participant of the master classes given by the world renowned cellist Janos Starker at Yale University.  Upon finishing his education at Yale School of Music, he subsequently became a member of the upstart Essex Quartet.  The Essex Quartet performed extensively throughout North America under the auspicious Columbia Artists Managements by Douglas Sheldon division from 1988 through 1996.  The tour engagements with the Essex Quartet included critically acclaimed recitals in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.  As a part of Community Concert Series throughout the U.S., Mr. Kim traveled to all 50 U.S. States with the Essex Quartet, performing concerts in the high school auditoriums, university concert halls, churches, and town halls.  As an active chamber musician, Mr. Kim collaborated with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Stanley Drucker, Lily Friedman, Josef Gingold, Joseph Kalichstein, Ani Kavafian, Yo Yo Ma, Nathaniel Rosen, Ariel Rudiakov, Yuval Waldman, and many of this country's great string quartets including Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, and Tokyo.  He served as a teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard string quartet at the Juilliard School.  He also served as a chamber music faculty member  at the Arcady Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine, Palisades Arts Summer Festival in Englewood, New Jersey, Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan. and Summertrios in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Kim has often visited Manchester, Vermont to be a part of the Manchester Music Festival with which he toured the state of Vermont and New York exclusively.  He was a proud member of the promising Young Audience of New York and gave frequent string quartet lectures for the public schools in the five boroughs of New York City.  As a known missionary cellist since 2005, Mr. Kim often travels to the Peruvian side of the Amazon villages as well as in Cuzco, Huaraz, Lima, and in Nahuinlla, to play his cello for the native children and adults while the natives get medical treatments by doctors, nurses, and dentists.  His mission-related concert trips have been expanded to Beijing, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Xian, China as well as in Almaty, Kazakhstan since 2013.  In Almaty, Kazakhstan, he has visited and performed at an orphanage house where physically handicapped children were supervised by the government.  While in Almaty, he also spent a few hours with gravely ill children at an oncology hospital for children.  In 2016, Mr. Kim performed in a couple of fund-raising concerts in Ottawa and Montreal for the Syrian Refuges who were allowed to migrate to Canada, sponsored by the Korean Embassy in Ottawa, Canada and by a non-profit organization, "Peace 4 People" from Seoul, South Korea.  He owns a carbon fiber cello with which he travels with to the mission fields, to play for outdoor gatherings in many cases.  He also plays a 18th century Milanese cello believed to be made by Carlo Antonio Testore, circa 1699.

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