Joowon Kim


Joowon Kim has been a member of the cello faculty at The Oscar Peterson School of Music and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists since 1997. A dedicated teacher and Pedagogue, she teaches students of all ages and levels. Her students are consistent recipients of the Gold honours with distinction and Silver Medal awards in the Royal Conservatory Examinations.

Each year, many of the students are winners of the various local, provincial, and the National music competitions. They are also accepted into such recognized summer programs as the Meadowmount Summer School, The Aspen Music Festival, The Orford Music Festival and the Domaine International Academy of Music and Arts among others. Many have gone on to study at The Juilliard School of Music, The Manhattan School, The Peabody Conservatory, The New England Conservatory, The Royal Conservatory of Music, London among many other prestigious Music Schools and Universities.

She has also co-compiled the 2013 Edition of the Cello Syllabi as well as the 2013 Etude and Repertoire books for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.

Joowon holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from University of Toronto and a Master of Music, with full Dean’s scholarship from University of Southern California. Her primary teachers include the late Vladimir Orloff, David Hetherington, Martha Gerschefski, and the late Eleonor Schoenfeld. She has performed in Masterclasses for Yo Yo MA, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell and Timothy Eddy. Joowon has held positions as the principal cello of the Millennial Arts Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles, and assistant principal cello of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a member of the Pasadena Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, and the National Ballet Orchestra of Canada. She has also performed and recorded chamber works by and with Malcolm Forsythe for the CBC Radio Canada.

In 2010, Ms Kim founded the Cellomania Toronto, a summer music program dedicated to the development of cello technique and performance. This week-long program offers a unique environment where young cellists can access masterclasses as well as private lessons, chamber music and large cello ensembles. She also runs the Summer Intensive Practice Program (SIPP) to equip young students with a wkell organized practice program.

In the summer of 2024, Joowon Kim will be joining the Faculty of the Vancouver Island Music Academy (VIMA) and is looking forward to giving Masterclasses, coachings, lessons as well as joining other faculty members for evening Chamber music concerts.

Joowon Kim is a strong advocate for children on the Autism spectrum and finds inspiration in helping students develop their creativity and passion through lessons and performances.