Dr. Malcolm Hayes and Lester Soo Chair
A member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Cello Quartet, Luke Wook-Young Kim completed his undergraduate studies at UBC, where he received the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence. Then, he finished his Master of Music degree as a full scholarship student at UCLA. His teachers include Antonio Lysy, Joseph Elworthy, Eric Wilson, John Friesen, and Kenneth Friedman. Luke participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Raphael Wallfisch, Paul Katz, and Desmond Hoebig. He also participated in summer music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Early Music Vancouver Programme (baroque cello), and the Incontri in Terra di Siena Music Festival.
Luke has appeared in various concert series, such as the Dilijan Chamber Music Series (Los Angeles), the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, the Douglas College's Arts at One series, the Canadian Music Centre, the Vancouver Chamber Music Society, and the UBC's Wednesday Noon Hours Series. In spring 2015, he was featured as a soloist for Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra with the UCLA Wind Ensemble. In addition, he has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Polish Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Busan Neo Philharmonic (Korea).