Kim Cook has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist in 28 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, where she toured as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. Cook has received rave reviews for her recordings, including the solo sonatas by Kodály, Crumb, and Hindemith, and concertos by Dvořák, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, and Lalo. In 2016, she recorded concertos by Schumann and Elgar, and Don Quixote by Richard Strauss with the St. Petersburg State Symphony.
Cook has premiered six solo concertos as well as over 40 other works for solo and chamber ensembles. Her solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and at Wigmore Hall in London were enthusiastically reviewed. She has recently performed recitals in New York, Baltimore, and the University of Cambridge, and concerto performances with the Splitski Virtuozi in Croatia, the Dublin Festival Orchestra, the Volgograd Symphony in Russia, and the Ukrainian State Orchestra in Kiev. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in Brazil, China and the United States.
A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Yale and the University of Illinois, Cook studied with Gabriel Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris, and János Starker. She was principal cellist of the São Paulo Symphony, and taught at New Mexico State prior to her appointment at Penn State, where she is Distinguished Professor of Cello and was honored as the Inaugural Penn State Laureate in 2008. She lives in State College with her husband Peter Heaney, Professor of Geosciences.