Aekyung Kim

Viola, Violin Teacher

Aekyung Kim

SAA Member


Rego Park, NY
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Aekyung Kim is a young professional violist who is passionate about teaching and developing the young, promising minds of children. Her passion is driven by her strong belief that children are the future of music—an essential and powerful force that brings people together, exercises compassion and enriches the lives and minds of our community. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a certified Suzuki Teacher, Ms. Kim specializes in teaching the violin to novice students from ages 3-7. Although Ms. Kim has experience in using a traditional teaching method with students of all ages, she has discovered the solidity and effectiveness of using the Suzuki Method.

Ms. Kim began her career as a high school student, giving private lessons to kids from her local elementary and middle schools. She also has experience mentoring highly advanced students in the Juilliard Pre-College division. One of the special traits Ms. Kim can offer as a teacher is her wisdom and vast experience in the performance field. As a performer, she is currently finishing up her graduate degree at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman and Cynthia Phelps, and is a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kim has received further performance education under the tutelage of Toby Appel at The Juilliard School for her undergraduate degree and has attended the highly prestigious Tanglewood Summer Music Festival for three consecutive summers. Some of the most memorable and musically fulfilling moments that she’s received through Tanglewood include performing in a chamber orchestra alongside Yo-Yo Ma in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors and gaining the chance to play Mahler Symphony No. 1 in the Boston Symphony Orchestra viola section.

Ms. Kim has 12 years of violin performance experience acquired through her earlier years of playing. With her previous violin teacher, Dr. I Hao Lee, she won various competitions, gaining solo performance opportunities at Carnegie Weill Hall, Tilles Center, and Kennedy Center. With her focus and passion for viola performance, Ms. Kim now plays violin for fun on her own time.

Ms. Aekyung Kim is now based in NYC, traveling to her students’ homes, playing in numerous weddings, orchestras, and churches throughout the city, and enjoying other hobbies such as painting, weight lifting, yoga, and volunteering at an animal shelter.