Violinist Ahreum Kim, a dedicated artist-teacher currently based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area, holds a faculty position at the Peabody Preparatory of the Peabody Institute. In addition to her role as Co-Director of the Young People’s String Program, she also teaches and co-directs Allegro Strings during the summers at Peabody.
In her previous roles, Dr. Kim served as the String Department Advisor at the Baltimore Symphony’s ORCHKids program, where she mentored teaching artists and provided guidance on their string curriculum. She also held the position of Assistant Professor of Violin, Viola, and Musicology at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she was recognized as an “outstanding educator” by the Assistant Vice President of Residence Life in 2016. Her commitment to fostering musical growth extends beyond her teaching roles. Dr. Kim continues to contribute to the development of young musicians by serving as an adjudicator at competitions and coaching various youth orchestras throughout New York and Maryland.
An avid performer, Dr. Kim regularly connects with audiences as she performs in regional orchestras and with her group, the LAON ensemble, dedicated to bringing joy through music to communities. She has premiered many works as a violinist for the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY, and has performed chamber music recitals at various venues and universities across the region.
Dr. Kim’s musical journey began at the age of four when she started her studies on the piano, followed by taking up the violin two years later. At 12, she was accepted into the Young Artist Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and at the age of 17, she made her orchestral debut as a soloist. She continued her studies at the Peabody Conservatory, earning bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in violin performance, where she served as the graduate assistant to Herbert Greenberg. During her time at Peabody, Dr. Kim was honored with the J. C. Van Hulsteyn Award in Strings and the Diversity Recognition Award from Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels and the JHU Diversity Leadership Council, acknowledging her exceptional contributions to diversity. Her other influential teachers include Atis Bankas, Martin Beaver, and Violaine Melançon.