Dahae Kim

assistant principal cello

DSO member since 2013


This season will be Dahae Kim’s first with the Detroit Symphony, as the most recent addition to its cello section. She graduated in May of 2013 from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she was the recipient of the Conservatory’s prestigious 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.

In 2010, Dahae was the winner of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, resulting in a performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in 2011, and she has also performed as concerto soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, where she served as principal cellist in the summer of 2012. Dahae also spent three summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and played under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas. 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.

Dahae was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Rockland County, New York with her family at the age of 8, where she took up cello studies with Irene Sharp and New York Philharmonic cellist, Qiang Tu. She is an avid dog lover and proud owner of the sweetest dog ever, named Mickey.