David Kim

Cellist · Teacher


David Kim is a cellist and private instructor from New York currently living and teaching in Greater Seattle

He is a former principal cellist of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. He has also served as assistant principal cellist under the direction of Marin Alsop.

As a member and alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra, he has performed with renowned pianists, including Emanuel Ax and Yundi Li, and toured across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America spanning from The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to the NCPA in Beijing.

He has also performed and participated in masterclasses and workshops with distinguished soloists and cellists, including Janine Jansen, Tamás Varga of the Vienna Philharmonic, John Sharp of the Chicago Symphony, Joseph Johnson of the Toronto Symphony, and Brinton Smith of the Houston Symphony.

At Princeton, he was the Vice President of the cello ensemble, La Vie en Cello, and was a member of the Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton Chamber Orchestra, and Opus (chamber music group). He currently resides in Seattle, WA where he holds a private cello studio and serves as a cello coach for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. David plays on a Kishony cello on genererous loan from The Virtu Foundation.


B.A. Princeton University


Seattle, WA

  • Private Cello Lessons
  • Online Cello Lessons
  • Performanc​​es

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Philosophy and Pedagogy

Personalizing the music-learning experience and providing equitable access to education

I believe in individualizing lessons to each student's unique strengths, weaknesses, styles, and aspirations. Striking a balance between developing a solid technical foundation and fostering a deep understanding of and appreciation for the cello itself, my approach works to ultimately provide students with the learnings, passion, drive, and support to be their own best advocate for their musical journey.


Private Lessons

$100 / hr

Private 1-on-1 instruction at the studio in Seattle or the student's home. All ages, all levels of experience.

Introduction + 1st lesson, no charge

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Online Lessons

$100 / hr

Private 1-on-1 instruction via video call (e.g, Zoom, FaceTime, etc.). All ages, all levels of experience.

Introduction + 1st lesson, no charge

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Event performances for weddings, cocktail hours, services, etc.  Solo cello, cello + piano, & string quartet.

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Lesson rates may be negotiated for students whose access to financial resources and / or socioeconomic status are barriers to receiving quality and consistent instruction