Dennis Eum is an 18-year-old freshman at Harvard College in Cambridge. He currently studies cello with Yeesun Kim at the New England Conservatory, having studied with retired Minnesota Orchestra cellist Mina Fisher for six years throughout high school and with Hanno Strydom for five years. He has been awarded multiple top honors and scholarships at competitions hosted by YPSCA, Thursday Musical and Schubert Club, among other organizations. His repertoire varied from Elgar and Dvořák to Bach, Haydn and Saint-Saëns, and he was also invited to perform at Salon Se Lève hosted by the Wirth Center, where he played Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Most recently, as a result of winning YPSCA’s 2021 Young People’s Concerto Competition, he will be performing the fourth movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra in November 2022.
Eum was a principal cellist of the GTCYS Symphony orchestra and toured across Europe. As part of his musical education, he participated in masterclasses with Peter Wiley, Alban Gerhardt, Philip Borter and Simona Barbu. He also recorded for a National Public Radio program as part of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
Outside of music, Eum is an avid debater, previously competing at national championships and receiving top speaker awards, and he is passionate about discussing government policies in the context of technology. Relatedly, he enjoys working as a software engineer in the educational field, and he volunteers at a non-profit as well, creating and managing software for better accessibility in learning. In his free time, he loves cuddling with his cat, Saemo, playing board games, and spending time with his friends.