Biography: Jaewon Kim

Jaewon Kim without clarinetGrowing up in Beachwood, Ohio, Jaewon Kim started his musical training at the age of nine with Judson Billings on piano, and Victoria Marra on clarinet.  After deciding to focus on the clarinet, he went on to graduate from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Deborah Chodacki and Scott Anderson. He has played in the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, where he was coached weekly by the members of The Cleveland Orchestra.


As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim’s performances with various ensembles have been heard on radio broadcasts, including the National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the Interlochen Public Radio, and Cleveland’s WCLV.  During the summers of 2011 and 2012, he received fellowships to attend Aspen Music Festival and School and has also participated in Banff Centre’s Masterclass Program, Colorado College Summer Music Festival (CCSMF), and New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Jaewon is a prize winner of the 2013 Vandoren Young Emerging Artist Competition.  As the winner of the concerto competitions at the Glenn Gould School and at the CCSMF, he appeared as a soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and CCSMF Orchestra respectively.  On October 31st, he will be performing Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26 with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra.
Kim holds a Performances Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, where he studied with Joaquin Valdepenas. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of The Cleveland Orchestra’s long-time principal clarinetist, Franklin Cohen.