Alison Bazala Kim


Alison Bazala Kim headshotWhat city are you living in now? North Potomac, MD

Where did you study? I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degree from Rice University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. I also studied at the Eastman School of Music.

What is your favorite piece of music? Hard to choose! For now, Bach Sixth Suite for Unaccompanied Violoncello.

What do you enjoy in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, hiking, swimming, and reading in the hammock.

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory?  I’d have to say it was the inspiring week of rehearsals and concerts with one of my cello idols, Lynn Harrell, playing the thrilling Shostakovich Cello concerto.


Internationally, Alison Bazala Kim has toured Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Macedonia, the Slovak Republic, Kosovo, and Bulgaria. She was the first American soloist to appear in Sarajevo after the war in Bosnia, performing at the National Theater, the Dom Armije concert hall, and NATO headquarters. She returned to Bosnia and her concerts were broadcast on television and radio.

In the United States, she has performed recitals in Houston, Miami Beach, Boston, and locally at the Embassies of Bangladesh and Romania, the State Department, and the Ambassador’s Club. As a soloist, she performed with the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, the Albanian String Orchestra, and with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. She performed in chamber ensembles in Miami Beach, New York City, Boston, the Washington Arts Club, Frederick Community College, Hood College, and the University of Maryland.

As a member of the New World Symphony in Florida, she performed in Carnegie, Alice Tully, and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in Brazil, Argentina, Monaco, and Israel. Locally, she served as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. She currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and other area orchestras.

Dr. Bazala Kim served as the President of the Maryland and Washington D.C. Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and now serves as Membership Chair. She has taught cello at Anne Arundel Community College, Hood College, the Naval Academy, and Washington Adventist University. Dr. Bazala Kim holds degrees in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Rice University, the University of Maryland, and studied at the Eastman School of Music. Former teachers include David Hardy, Peter Wiley, David Soyer, Paul Katz, and Fritz Magg.