Education and Background
Nancy Kim earned her Master’s Degree in the Orchestral Program of the Manhattan School of Music, and both her Bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance and English from Oberlin College. Her teachers include Alan Stepansky, Peter Rejto, Csaba Onczay, Irene Sharp, and Sieun Lin. She studied cello pedagogy with Marion Feldman in New York, and advanced teaching techniques with Dr. Carol Aicher. Her chamber music coaches include members of the Emerson, Borromeo, Vermeer, Muir, American, and St. Petersburg quartets.
Nancy currently teaches in Los Altos, and her students have been members of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, El Camino Youth Symphony, Peninsula Youth Orchestra, and California Youth Symphony. In addition to her private studio, Nancy has taught at the Waldorf School of Los Altos, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, and New York University’s Summer Trio Program. Nancy has been invited to coach cellists in youth orchestras throughout the Bay Area.
Nancy performs regularly throughout the Bay Area. She is currently a tenured member of the Monterey Symphony and Santa Cruz County Symphony, and she has performed with Mendocino Music Festival and Opera San Jose. Nancy has been invited to tour the Sultanate of Oman with Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra in performances of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House of Muscat. She is a former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra has received coachings from John Sharp and Kenneth Olsen.
A dedicated chamber musician, Nancy has played with distinguished performers such as violinist Glenn Dicterow, violist Karen Dreyfus, conductor Alan Gilbert, and the composer Richard Danielpour. She is a former member of the flute-cello-guitar trio Black Cedar – a winner of grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and an affiliate ensemble with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. They were featured on KALW 91.7 FM and KKUP 91.5 FM, and their debut album, “A Path Less Trod” has received critical praise – making the list of recordings in 2016 by SF Classical Voice.
“As a teacher, I believe that learning to master a musical instrument not only teaches a person to appreciate different forms of music, but helps to shape a unique musical identity. Lessons will focus on posture and proper form, as well as technique and musical ideas. I demonstrate often for both the parent and student, and create clear goals for the week; in order to practice effectively at home, I ask that my students record and review their lessons. My students learn that performing is lots of fun, and with the collaboration of parents, I hope to help students develop the tools to practice independently and actively seek musical experiences.”