Press Quotes

"Concertmaster David Kim played the violin solo in the aria 'Un pensiero voli in ciel' ('Let a thought fly up to heaven') with unparalleled virtuosity, his nimble fingers working at double speed." — Cameron Kelsall, Parterre Box

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"At times, concertmaster Kim had as much to do as the soprano, and when the two voices merged as in the recitative and aria, 'Let a thought fly up to heaven,' it was a kind of musical paradise." — Linda Holt, Broad Street Review

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"Kim (played with) rich tone and technical artistry, leading the other players in thrilling tempos and textures that are vividly baroque." — Lew J. Whittington, Huffington Post, reviewing Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin​

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Lew J. WhittingtonHuffington Post
"Next, Kim offered a truly virtuosic performance of the Tchaikovsky, receiving a standing ovation after the first movement. Kim played with a dynamic energy. His playing struck a balance between swimming with the orchestra and bursting forth. His solos soared with a mix of sultry sizzle, angelic high notes and powerful, ...

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Dana OlandIdaho Statesman
"Concertmaster and violin soloist David Kim movingly portrayed Scheherazade the storyteller with a sweet, tender cascade of triplets. Near the end the solo violin declaimed in fierce double stops, and at times the audience was so quiet you could hear Kim’s fingers tap the fingerboard." — Alexis Alrich, South China Morning Post (Hong ...

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Alexis AlrichSouth China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
"The evening's highlight came with Camille Saint-Saëns' 'Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor,' courtesy of an intensely thrilling performance by David Kim. Concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra, he's a favorite with Omaha Symphony audiences, and he played with precise technical command and a passion that was at times anguished, ...

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Kim CarpenterOmaha World Herald
"...violinist David Kim has been concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and is one of the most genuine, kind, and open people you’ll ever meet." — Dr. Noa Kageyama

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Dr. Noa Kageyama
"For all of its reputed fabulousness, the Philadelphia Orchestra is also known for its winter contingency concerts. Concertmaster David Kim and Emmanuel Ax played an isolated movement of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 5 ('Spring') with such chemistry that those two should give an entire cycle of Beethoven sonatas. The half-full-plus ...

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David Patrick SternsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
"Much burden fell on concertmaster David Kim, who carried a number of movements with style and buoyancy. Has he ever played better?" — David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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David Patrick StearnsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
"Without a doubt the Bruch concerto was the highlight of the afternoon. Bruch finished composing the concerto in 1866, and then revised it according to the advice of violinist Joseph Joachim who first performed it in 1867. Joachim later highly praised the work, calling it 'the richest and most enchanting' ...

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Laura McDowellClassical Voice of North Carolina