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 2017-18 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during both subscription and summer seasons​; ​teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and Brevard Music Center; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; a solo performance on a soon-to-be-released CD with the Westminster Choir; as well as recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras in Korea and across the United States, including a Brahms Festival (complete Sonatas and Concerto) with the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska.

This season, Mr. Kim has appeared as a guest with famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and on tour in Cleveland, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall. A new Getty Music CD includes Mr. Kim featured in a solo role. Next September, he will return to Nashville to perform at the Getty Music Worship Conference – Sing! 2018. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim presents masterclasses at colleges, universities, and conservatories across the USA and Korea each season. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual 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.

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.