NEC Prep cello faculty Eugene Kim leads an extremely versatile and multifaceted career as a cello teacher, performer, and arts administrator (and he’s a dad, too!).
Eugene will be featured in an NEC Prep Faculty recital on Saturday, January 18th at 8 PM in Brown Hall. (It’s free!) For more information, click here. Please note that this is a rescheduled recital as of 10/24/2013.
About Eugene Kim: Eugene grew up in New Jersey and moved to the Boston area to go to college and grad school (Harvard and NEC), and has stayed in Boston ever since. In addition to teaching at NEC Prep, Eugene teaches at MIT and has also had stints as Artistic Director of Project STEP and as Executive Director of the Foulger International Music Festival. He lives in Brookline with his wife Jin (Jin-Kyung Joen, NEC Prep violin faculty member!) and son Bruno. He’ll be performing with Jin in his Prep Faculty Recital, so please be sure to come check it out!
Eugene teaches private cello lessons and chamber music at NEC Prep.
Q&A with Eugene Kim
What made you decide to sing/choose the instrument that you play?
After trying to play the violin for a year, I decided to play cello so that I could sit down. :) Despite my mundane reason for choosing the cello, I grew to love the sound of the instrument.
Are there any musicians in your family?
Yes – in fact, I’m married to Prep violin faculty member Jin-Kyung Joen.
If you could be anything other than a musician, what would you be?
I’d be very interested in working in the technology field–I’m fascinated by how technology changes the way how we interact with each other (for example, the way how we consume music has changed drastically in the last 10 years).
What do you like doing outside of music?
I really enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking.
Most inspiring composer or piece of music?
For me, the answer is always Bach – I feel like he is the bedrock of all western music.
What are the last 3 pieces/songs you listened to?
Bloch’s Nigun, and about all the compositions from the Star Wars movies (my six year old son is in a huge Star Wars phase now.
What do you love most about NEC Prep?
I really enjoy seeing students grow up over the years – it seems like every week I’m looking at a student and saying to them, “wow, you improved so much – and did you grow 3 inches taller in the last month?”
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?
I had the great fortune of studying chamber music with Yehudi Wyner, and he always told students to think like a composer – to understand and portray the musical intent behind every note. As an instrumentalist, this was a revelation for me.
Any advice for young musicians in general?
Play lots of chamber music – it’s one of the greatest joys a musician can have!
For more information about Eugene Kim:
Eugene Kim – NEC Biography
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