Press Quotes

"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
"...concertmaster David Kim, who played one of his best-ever performances in Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3. The younger Kim showed his Juilliard School roots readily with an aggressive vibrato and businesslike interpretive manner that's still sometimes apparent in his old concerto repertoire. However, his Saint-Saens performance was state-of-the-art Kim with ...

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David Patrick StearnsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
"...the big crowd-pleaser came after intermission, a wonderfully heartfelt performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with David Kim as soloist. If Kim's name sounds familiar, that's because he is something of an honorary Rhode Islander who has played here often. For 20 years he ran the Kingston Chamber Music Festival ...

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Channing GrayProvidence Journal
"'Metamorphosen’ always glows, but here it glowed with intensity, and the concertmaster’s superb, delicate solos were gold on gold." — Paul Griffiths, The New York Times

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Paul GriffithsThe New York Times