Ariana Kim is currently an incoming junior at Orange County School of the Arts. She started the bassoon at the age of six at the Tampere Conservatory in Finland, and was an annual Conservatory winner. At the age of nine Ariana moved to the United States and continued her studies at the Park School in Buffalo New York where she was principal bassoonist of the Orchestra. At the age of eleven Ariana Kim moved to California. As a sixth grader, Ariana was accepted into Irvine Honors and the Middle School Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and given full scholarship to the Orange County Music and Dance Studio. The following year she was chosen as a bassoonist for the California All-State Music Education Conference. Before freshman year, Ariana was accepted into the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a scholarship student, and played in the World Youth Wind Ensemble at Interlochen. Ariana was appointed principal of the Pacific Symphony Wind Ensemble and principal of the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. Before sophomore year, she was accepted into the High School Orchestral Institute at Brevard Music Center as a scholarship student, and chosen as principal of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ariana has played in masterclasses for Daniel Matsukawa, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Whitney Crocket, principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, William Short, principal of the Met Orchestra, and Eric Stromberg, Professor at Kansas University. Ariana has studied with Elliott Moreau of the Pacific Symphony, Ellen Barnum, Professor of SUNY Buffalo, Glenn Einschlag of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Timo Jantti of the Tampere Conservatory.