David Kim (violinist) Article

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David Kim
Born24 May 1963 (age 53)
Carbondale, Illinois
Genres Classical
Occupation(s)violinist, concertmaster, pedagogue
Instruments violin
Website www.davidkimviolin.com

David Kim (born 24 May 1963) [1] is a violinist born in Carbondale, Illinois [2] and was the only American to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1986, where he got sixth prize. [3] Since 1999, he has been the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has played with the All-Star Orchestra, run by Music Director Gerard Schwarz. Kim is an active musician, performing with orchestras in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Korea, and Moscow.

Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife and two daughters. [2] He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Jose Youth Symphony.

The instrument Kim uses is a c. 1757 J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan, Italy. It is on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Kim's studies of violin started at three. He started studying with Dorothy DeLay at eight. Kim studied at the Juilliard School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He has been playing as concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. Kim has also taught at colleges and universities and continues to be concertmaster at the annual All-Star Orchestra, run by Music Director Gerard Schwarz. He is also a soloist in The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as many other orchestras in the world. Mr Kim has been awarded doctorates from the University of Rhode Island, Dickinson College and the Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia.


  1. ^ Valdes, Lesley. "Orchestra Names A Concertmaster David Kim, A Dallas Symphony Orchestra Violinist, Was One Of Two Finalists. He's Feeling "euphoria," He Said". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  2. ^ a b "The Philadelphia Orchestra". Philadelphia Orchestra Official Website. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ Winners & Prizes Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine.

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