Cellist DAHAE KIM joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Assistant Principal in 2016. Previously she served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured as soloist with the DSO in the Benjamin Lees Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin, and with the Detroit Medical Orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in 2014.
Dahae completed her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2013 as the recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a student of Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. She also studied privately with famed cellist Bernard Greenhouse, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio. She won first place in the 2010 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, returning the following year to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. She was a participant at the Tanglewood Music Center for three years and served as Principal Cello of the National Repertory Orchestra in the summer of 2012, where she also performed as soloist in the Lalo Cello Concerto. As a chamber musician she has performed on numerous occasions in Jordan and Ozawa Hall, and coached with members of the Cleveland, Takács, Borromeo, and Juilliard string quartets.
Dahae was born in Seoul, Korea, and first studied music with her mother, who taught her piano and violin. She moved to Rockland County, New York with her family at age eight, where she took up cello studies with Irene Sharp and New York Philharmonic cellist Qiang Tu.