Biography

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 2014-15 season include a Visiting Professorship at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music; a return as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra in New York City and on PBS stations across the USA; a return to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for an annual residency; a return to L'Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in France, recitals and appearances with orchestras across the United States, a June tour of Korea; serving as jury member at the Sarasate International Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain; leading a week of concerts from the concertmaster chair with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February, an August performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and a week as guest concertmaster at the Grand Teton Music Festival. He also continues his visits to the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan - performing and holding masterclasses there each season.

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). 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. He is an official endorser for Airturn hands free page turning systems. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.

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