David Kim, the celebrated concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, appears as soloist with orchestras around the world.
Born in Carbondale, Ill., in 1963, Kim began to play violin at age 3 and went on to receive bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986 he was named the first American violinist to win a prize at Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition. Highlights of Kim's 2012-13 season include festival performances, master classes, recitals and solo appearances with orchestras in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey, France and Japan.
The founder and former artistic director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Kim is a highly sought-after pedagogue who has presented master classes at the Juilliard School, the New World Symphony (Miami), Princeton University, Yale University, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan), the Korean National University of Arts and at Dickinson College. He also co-founded an annual outreach program that promotes classical music in elementary schools.
In a review of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 1999 performance of Metamorphosen with David Kim as concertmaster, The New York Times' Paul Griffith said: "Metamorphosen always glows, but here it glowed with intensity, and the concertmaster's superb, delicate solos were gold on gold."
Associate Professor of Music Jennifer Blyth's performing schedule as concerto soloist and recitalist has taken her across the United States and to Russia, South Africa, Canada, England, France, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia. Blyth also has participated in residencies across four continents.
Blyth completed her master's degree and doctorate in performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Icelandic National Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television Network, and she has recorded on the Musica Omnia label.
Having premiered over 25 new compositions, Blyth has worked with composers Augusta Read Thomas, Carter Pann, Pat Long, Kevin Putz, Robert Pound, Marc Pollard, Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Ralf Gawlick, Peter Sculthorpe, Gerald Shapiro, Frederic Rzewski, Stefan Freund and Shulamit Ran. She has performed with the Ying String Quartet, the Corigliano String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Amernet String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Awadagin Pratt, Barry Snyder, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, among others.
The Dickinson Orchestra
The Dickinson Orchestra's student, faculty and community musicians present two concerts annually. At least one concert features the winner(s) of the annual Student Concerto Competition, and concerts also often feature faculty and guest soloists. In collaboration with the College Choir and/or the Collegium, the Dickinson Orchestra has performed Mozart’s Requiem, C-minor Mass, and Coronation Mass; Bach’s Magnificat; Faure's Requiem; and selections of operatic choruses.
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