Joowon Kim, a native of South Korea, began her musical education on piano at age five. Upon immigration to Canada with her family in 1973, the cello was added to her studies. She has since enjoyed performing solos and chamber music with her family members throughout her community.
Ms. Kim earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of Toronto, a Master Delaureate from Georgia and a Masters of Music at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she received a full Deanís Scholarship. Her primary teachers have been Vladimir Orloff, David Hetherington, Martha Gerschefski and Eleonor Schoenfeld.
As a student, she performed in master classes with YoYo Ma, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Sharon Robinson, and Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with the Beaux Arts Trio, members of the Julliard String Quartet and many other renowned ensembles.
Joowon Kim has held the position of Principal cello of the Millennial Arts Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal cello for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the National Ballet Orchestra. She was a faculty member at the Korean American Institute of Fine Arts, Los Angeles and at the Alberta College of Music in Edmonton.
In 1997, Ms. Kim joined the string faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also the co-director of the Inter-provincial Music Campís Junior String Academy. She performs regularly with the Corda Ensemble throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
A dedicated teacher, her students are consistent recipients of Gold and Silver medal honours for the RCM Examinations as well as winners of many local, provincial and national music competitions.