Katie Kim is a flutist and private instructor based in San Diego, California. Ms. Kim has been a prize winner of many competitions, including the 2020 RCS Governor's Recital Prize, the 2018 Lansum International Competition and the 2018 Grossmont Scholarship Competition. As an orchestral and ensemble musician she has performed alongside the Red Note Ensemble and has made appearances as guest principal flute of the Heisenberg Ensemble in St. Andrews, Scotland. She has performed in many notable venues in Scotland, including Usher Hall and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. She currently serves as principal flute of the Poway Symphony Orchestra and can be heard performing in recital and with various chamber ensembles throughout San Diego.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim co-founded the Okapi Duo alongside classical guitarist Brian King. The Duo has been the recipient of many awards, including 1st place in the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music (the first flute/guitar duo to achieve such an award), and 2nd place in the Southern Guitar Fest Ensemble Competition. The duo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Scotland. In 2019, the duo participated in Live Music Now Scotland program, a non-profit whose mission is to bring chamber music to diverse groups of people who rarely get to experience live music.
Katie Kim has extensive experience as a flute teacher and currently maintains an active private studio of flutists of all levels. In the past, she has taught flute and piano at California Music Lessons and Bach to Rock Music School, and beginning music theory at the Oberlin Community Music School.
Ms. Kim started her musical studies at the age of 8 on piano, taught by her grandmother. She started learning the flute at age 11 and has since earned a Master of Arts in Chamber Music and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied under Richard Blake (Scottish Opera) and Ruth Morley (The Red Note Ensemble). Ms. Kim attended Oberlin Conservatory where she earned her B.M. in performance under the tutelage of Alexa Still.
Katie Kim plays a much-loved Oston-Brannen flute and originally hails from sunny San Diego. When not fluting, she enjoys hiking, baking (both in the kitchen and in the sun), and playing board games with friends and family.