The Cascade Symphony Orchestra has named 14-year-old cellist Felix Kim of Bothell as the winner of the 2017-18 “Rising Star” competition.
Cascade Symphony’s Music Director Michael Miropolsky selected the eighth grade student, who attends Gateway Middle School, from a distinguished group of Western Washington young musicians.
As the “Rising Star” award winner, Kim will perform as the soloist in the “Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat major (first movement)” with the Cascade Symphony at this year’s annual children’s concert. This year’s program, “Carnival of the Animals,” takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
Kim began studying the cello at the age of nine under his current teacher, Leslie Marckx, while also receiving coaching sessions from pianist Li-Tan Hsu. Kim, who enjoys playing in the Debut Symphony Orchestra of the Seattle Youth Orchestras, also has performed in master classes for Hans Jorgen Jensen and Richard Aaron at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. Prior to studying the cello, he was a member of the Northwest Boychoir, where he sang on numerous occasions with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall. In 2017, Kim attended the Indiana University Summer String Academy, where he studied under Susan Moses. His other interests include earning a first degree black belt in taekwondo, as well as his math and tech classes in school.
The Edmonds-based Cascade Symphony Orchestra, which has been sponsoring the “Rising Star” competition since 2009, has been promoting young musicians and encouraging music education in the schools for many years. Entry for the “Rising Star” competition is for pianists and violinists 12 years of age and younger on the day of the concert or 15 and younger for performers of other symphonic instruments.
Further information about the “Rising Star” program is available at cascadesymphony.org/education/rising-stars.