Jeehoon Kim

Los Angeles, California

Eastman School of Music

Cap and Suzy IliffWitzler Chair

Jeehoon Kim is an oboe player from Los Angeles, California. He has been playing oboe since 4th grade. He is currently a junior studying oboe performance at the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer. He has also studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Dane Philipsen and with the associate principal of the LA Philharmonic, Marion Kuszyk. He was named a 2020 Youngarts merit winner from the National Youngarts Foundation. He has also won merit scholarship awards from Interlochen and Colburn.

Jeehoon is active in orchestral performances and has played with several different orchestras. He was co-principal at the Colburn Youth Orchestra from 2016-2018. He also played with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra from 2018-2019. Currently, he is playing with the Eastman Philharmonia. Additional orchestral appearances include performances at the Roundtop Music Festival in 2021.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I am bilingual and I can speak English and Korean fluently.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Robert Schumann, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
When I’m not playing oboe, I really enjoy golfing with my dad! It’s so peaceful and I can get away from everything that’s going on in my life.

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I’m looking forward to meeting and playing with amazing musicians from all over the country!