D.C. based Korean-American cellist Brian Kim is currently a student at the University of Maryland, pursuing his undergraduate studies in cello performance under Dr. Eric Kutz of the award-winning Murasaki Duo. Recognized for his artistic talent since his youth, Brian has won the Silver Prize at the International Music Competition (South Korea) in 2005 hosted by the International Arts and Cultural Exchange Association. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2006, Brian has been invited to summer at the Brevard Music Center, Miami Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, California Summer Music, and Intensive Chamber Music Seminar at Moss Art Center as a student fellow to study with cellists Andrés Díaz, Felix Wang, and Irene Sharp. As an avid chamber musician, Brian has performed around the country at the National Gallery of Art, Green Music Center, and Weill Recital Hall, to name a few, as a winner of the Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition in 2014 among other awards. Being part of University of Maryland’s finest chamber ensemble, Brian was selected to perform composer Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio for Kennedy Center’s acclaimed initiative, the Millennium Stage in 2016. His passion for chamber music making grows by the day and has led to further studies with members of the Guarneri, Vermeer, Shanghai, Medici, Amernet, and Calidore quartets during his summer musical pursuits. Sparked by El Sistema’s initiative, Brian passionately believes in providing musical education to the youth to outset a social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need. As an active teacher in the Washington Metropolitan area, Brian currently serves faculty positions at the Richardson School of Music, Music&Arts, and B&B Music Lessons and hopes to be part of the El Sistema USA or its counterpart upon completion of his musical studies.