ST. PAUL (June 10, 2013) — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Monday that Principal Second Violinist Kyu-Young Kim will be its next senior director of artistic planning.
The position has been redefined so that Kim can also continue to perform with the orchestra in his role as principal second violinist. This appointment marks the first time an SPCO musician has served in a senior management role, a structure which is unique among American orchestras.
Accepting this position signifies a change in plans for Kim, who had requested a leave of absence from the SPCO in February upon winning a position with the New York Philharmonic.
“I am thrilled to have this unique opportunity to be intimately involved with the artistic visioning and planning of the SPCO from conception all the way through to its realization on the concert stage,” said Kim. “I am hopeful that the choice of a musician to assume a crucial senior staff role will signal a new path forward for this great organization.”
According to Bruce Coppock, the SPCO’s newly appointed president and managing director, “Kyu is a wonderful violinist and a consummate musician. He possesses great knowledge of the chamber orchestra repertoire and has a creative and refined artistic perspective. Most importantly, Kyu has a profound understanding of the SPCO’s distinctive artistic profile and the fundamental ways in which chamber orchestras differ from symphony orchestras. Kyu combines inordinate musical gifts with keen intelligence. Having worked closely with him before, I know that he will be a wonderful collaborator in forging the SPCO’s artistic path forward. We are thrilled to have him stay at the SPCO.”
“Kyu’s appointment presents us with a unique opportunity to have one of our most accomplished musicians in the orchestra on the senior management team,” said Board Chair Dobson West. “Kyu is a thoughtful, creative and articulate person who, beyond performing brilliantly with the orchestra over the years, has been very active and engaged in the life of the organization. We are pleased that he will be joining the senior management team while still remaining a critical part of the orchestra.”
Kim and his wife Pitnarry Shin, a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, moved back to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2011 when he returned to the SPCO as principal second violinist. Kim had previously served as associate concertmaster of the SPCO from 2000-2005, leaving to move to New York City to perform with the Daedalus Quartet, of which he was a founding member. Kim served on the musician negotiating committee as a new collective bargaining agreement was negotiated this past year, and also served on the committee during previous negotiations.
Kyu-Young Kim is one of the most versatile and accomplished violinists of his generation. Hailed by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune for his “flawless musical and technical command”, Kim is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has recently toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Seoul Arts Center, the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn). As a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the Grand Prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, he performed in many of the major halls of Europe, including the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie (Cologne), the Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Festpielhaus (Baden-Baden), and the Megar (Athens), and was a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two Program.
He has appeared as soloist with the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Poland, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, he has performed throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Japan, Germany, and New Zealand. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and was a member of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Kim is a recipient of the 2007 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center in recognition of outstanding young artists from the Lincoln Center community. He is also a winner of a McKnight Fellowship as a member of the Soyulla Duo with his wife, cellist Pitnarry Shin. As a former member of the Pacifica String Quartet, Kim won the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1998 and served as an artist-in-residence for National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Kim’s other chamber music activities have included collaborations with pianist Gary Graffman and the Juilliard String Quartet, and performances with the Chicago Contemporary Players, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the DaCapo Chamber Players, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has toured on four continents with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Sejong Soloists.
Widely recognized for his teaching and musical outreach activities, Kim has served on the faculties of Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the Music Institute of Chicago, and the Interlochen Summer Festival, among others, and has given outreach concerts to young audiences throughout the United States. Kim has received degrees from the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Jaime Laredo, Yumi Scott and Shirley Givens.
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