Alexandra Kim

Ayoun began playing the cello at age six in South Korea, moving to Illinois in 2012 to pursue her musical education under Hans Jorgan Jensen. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Juilliard School's Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and Wilson Theater, Nichols Concert Hall, North Shore Center For The Performing Arts, and Bennett Gordon Hall in Ravinia. An active chamber musician, Ayoun has been coached by Timothy Eddy, Joel Smirnoff, Roger Tapping, and Joseph Lin, and attended summer festivals including the Great Mountains Music Festival, Heifetz Music Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, AlpenKammerMusik, Verao Classico, and the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music and School, where she has performed for artists including Clive Greensmith, Steven Doane, Myung-Wha Chung, and Frans Helmerson, Rebecca Gilliver, Gary Hoffman, and Maria Kliegel.

Ayoun's passion is sharing music with the community: she participates in the Gluck Community Service Fellowship Program at the Juilliard School, and is currently a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. Ayoun is a board member of the K.A. Butterfly Team, a non-profit that supports "comfort women" affected by war and violence. She has held several benefit concerts in the Chicago area on behalf of comfort women since 2018. Ayoun earned her Bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School in 2020, and is continuing her master's degree studies at Juilliard under Natasha Brofsky and Astrid Schween.

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