DAHAE KIM was born in South Korea and grew up in New City, New York, where she studied cello privately with Irene Sharp and Qiang Tu of the New York Philharmonic. She pursued her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she was a recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship. There she was a student of Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz, and also pursued private studies with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio.
In summer festivals she has served as principal cellist at the Tanglewood Music Center over three years, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra, where she was featured as a concerto soloist with conductor Peter Oundjian in 2012. Dahae was also the winner of the 2010 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition in Poughkeepsie, NY, with whom she returned to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 the following season.
As a chamber musician, she has performed in Jordan and Ozawa Halls and coached with members of the Cleveland, Takács, Borromeo, and Juilliard string quartets. Most recently, she served two years as the assistant principal and acting principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was featured in 2014 as a soloist with the DSO in the Benjamin Lees String Quartet Concerto led by Leonard Slatkin.