Ann Kim, Cello

Ann3_crop2Ann Kim joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra in 2001. During her years as a tenured member, Ann has had the pleasure of performing a wide array of extraordinary music that is part of the NYCB repertory. Among her favorite pieces to perform are Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky’s Apollo. In 2008, Ann was selected to be the onstage performer for the Jerome Robbins piece, A Suite of Dances, a collaboration between a solo male dancer and cellist. Praised recently by the Berkshire Eagle as a “splendid cellist”, Ann has performed the piece at prestigious Dance Festival venues all over the world including Paris; Athens; Santa Fe, NM; Jackson Hole, WY; and at the historic Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts.  The Boston Music Intelligencer called one of her performances “a dramatic, visually arresting interpretation…bringing out new subtleties of harmony and form”, and The New York Times said she and the dancer “engage in a conversation of intimate notes and steps inflected with humor”. Her collaborators have included Damian Woetzel, Benjamin Millepied, Gonzalo Garcia, Daniel Ulbricht, and Joaquin De Luz. With Mr. De Luz, she performed at the NYCB 2018 Spring Gala and for Mr. De Luz’ farewell performance in the Fall of 2018. Through working on A Suite of Dances, Ann has also had the great privilege of coaching with the esteemed Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Outside of the ballet world, Ann’s numerous accomplishments have included several concerto performances, including with The Philadelphia Orchestra, twice a winner of their Young Artists Competition; the Concerto Soloists Orchestra of Philadelphia; and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Ann has collaborated at Music Festivals in Aspen, CO; Banff, Canada; Salt Lake City, UT; and the BargeMusic in New York City. From 1995-98, she co-founded and played in the Equinox String Quartet, which recorded the first full collection of Saint-saens String Quartets on the Eroica label; and from 1999-2005, she was the cellist for the critically acclaimed crossover band Absolute, which won the 2000 German Record Critics Award and was nominated a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble in 2002.

During the summer months, Ann is a permanent member of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 2003, where she regularly works with soloists such as Joshua Bell, Alisa Weilerstein, and Emanuel Ax, and conductors such as Louis Langrée, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, and Osmo Vänskä.  She is featured in Mostly Mozart’s Emmy-award winning “Mozart Minutes”, a series of one-minute videos documenting the lives of the members of the orchestra. Ann earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MM from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Zara Nelsova and Harvey Shapiro.