Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.
Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2017-18 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Brevard Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival and School; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; recitals, speaking engagements and appearances with orchestras across the United States including Alaska.
In September, he will appear with famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and in December at Carnegie Hall. He is the founder and Artistic Director of theannual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies. Additionally, Mr. Kim serves as Distinguished Artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA, a post he accepted in the fall of 2017.
Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Brevard, MasterWorks (USA) and Pacific (Japan). He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate.
Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.
Mr. Kim endorses and uses Thomastik Dominant Strings as well as the AirTurn Hands Free Page Turning System.
David Kim will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Swarthmore College Orchestra directed by Andrew Hauze, perform the Bach E Major Violin Concerto with the Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra, and will lead a violin master class for Swarthmore College violin students.
Swarthmore College Orchestra Concert: Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:30 PM at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
David Kim Master Class: Thursday, March 8, 2018 4:30 PM at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra Concert: Sunday, April 22, 2018 7:30 PM at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
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