Joanna Kim began cello at the age of nine with Julie Hochman
and is currently studying with George Work. She is the
principal cellist of lowa State Strings chamber orchestra and
co-principal cellist of Des Moines Youth Symphony. Joanna was
the principal cellist of Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic
Orchestra in 2013 and the co-principal cellist of the UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She played in the California All
State Orchestra for four years, and was co-principal in 2017.
She played in Iowa All State Orchestra in 2017 as principal
cellist. She played in the 2015 and 2016 CODA All State Honor
From Seoul, South Korea, Chris Kyurim Kim started violin at
the age of four. In 2016, he moved to Ames, with his family.
He studied with Julie Fox Henson, the assistant concertmaster
of the Des Moines Symphony, and played at several of her
studio concerts. From 2016, he participated in the Des Moines
Youth Philharmonic, as a member of first violin section, and
became the assistant concertmaster in 2017. He has attended
Stringwood Chamber Music festival and performed in a master
class with the violinist Bin Huang from the Eastman School of
Music. He also participated in the Midwest Violin Caucus at
University of Northern Iowa in 2016 and 2017. As a current
fifth grader at Fellows Elementary School in Ames, he is
studying with Jonathan Sturm, the concertmaster of the Des
Moines Symphony and Professor of Music at Iowa State University.