FEATURED: Concerto Competition Winners Ashley Kim and James Lim

The Orchestra congratulates flutist Ashley Kim and pianist James Lim for their outstanding auditions at the Fall 2014 annual Concerto Competition.  See them perform Mozart and Ravel on Cal Day at Hertz Concert Hall!


Ashley_Flute1Ashley Kim, who began her flute studies at age 10, is a second-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in neurobiology and minoring in music. As a five-year member, she is a former principal flautist in the San Diego Youth Symphony. In addition to performing a concerto with the Coastal Communities Concert Band as the 2011 Caneva Scholarship for Music Education recipient, she has won numerous competitions for the Music Teachers’ Association of California, including the MTAC Concerto Competition, VOCE, and Panel (where she performed in a master class with Sarah Jackson from the Los Angeles Philharmonic). She is also the 2013 recipient of the MTAC Young Artist Guild, in which she is granted a five-year membership of semi-professional flute performance. As she currently studies with Maria Tamburrino, she continues her passion for orchestral music in the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Her other passions include volunteering with her peers for The Berkeley Project as well as editing articles for Spoon University at Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys teaching flute as well as cooking and experimenting new recipes. She hopes to pursue a career field in pharmacy or biotechnology.


James Lim PianoJames Lim is a sophomore, double majoring in music and molecular & cell biology, who hopes to continue onto medical school after his time at Cal.

James has been playing the piano for about 14 years since the age of 6. In the past, James has studied with Dr. Sohyoung Park of Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and with Miranda Wu after moving to Irvine in 2011. Since spring of 2014, James has been studying with Jacqueline Chew as a student of the 150C program at UC Berkeley.

He has been a prize winner of several competitions, including the Chopin Society of Houston’s 6th International Chopin Youth Competition and Houston Music Teachers Association’s Piano Contest in 2011 as well as being named a finalist at the 3rd Louisiana International Piano Competition and Texas Music Teachers Association’s Piano Contest in 2011. He was also the winner of Northwood High School’s Concerto Competition in 2012.

In October of 2014, James played in a collaborative Noon Concert featuring several pianists of the 150C program, performing Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, a collection of 20 pieces by French composer Olivier Messiaen, a work which James received a masterclass from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of the most respected performers of 20th century piano repertoire. He has also received a masterclass from Seymour Lipkins as a participant of the Piano Institute 2014 at UC Berkeley.

As a cellist, he is a member of the UC Berkeley Chamber Orchestra and Celli@Berkeley, and he actively performs at various performances and gigs around Berkeley.

Outside of the practice rooms, James tutors students of Berkeley USD in music through The Music Connection, a campus organization dedicated to fostering music education in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys taking photos and exploring new places.

James would like to take the time to thank his family, teachers, mentors, and friends for all their support.

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