Edmond Kim, clarinet
Edmond Kim is an eighteen year old senior at the Gilman School in Baltimore and lives in Clarksville, MD. He began his clarinet studies at age nine in New York with Benjamin Fingland, a principal clarinetist with the New Haven Symphony. He currently studies with David Drosinos, a faculty member jointly at the Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Shepherd University. He also studied classical piano with Sayuri Ida in New York and jazz piano with Blake Meister, an instructor of the Peabody Conservatory and a coordinator of the Peabody Preparatory Jazz Department. Edmond has been the principal clarinetist of the Peabody Youth Orchestra since 2009 and was a member of Peabody Preparatory Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Performance Group. He has been the principal clarinetist of the Gilman Upper School Band since 2010 and was invited to the Gilman Jazz Band as a guest clarinetist for the Philadelphia Jazz Festival in 2011 and 2012. He was the winner of the Peabody Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the orchestra in December of 2013 at the Friedberg Concert Hall of the Peabody Institute. Edmond’s past awards include performance awards and achievement awards at the Peabody Preparatory.
Outside music, Edmond has been named as a candidate in the 2014 United States Presidential Scholars Program and inducted into a National Cum Laude Society. He is a recipient of Summa Cum Laude from the National Latin League for four consecutive years. At Gilman, he has been a vice president of the Gilman Hand Bell Choir since 2009 and preformed at a various community events. He has also participated in the Paragon, Gilman Art and Literary Magazine as a member of the review board. Besides playing clarinet, he enjoys playing guitar, biking and watching movies.