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David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, talks about his background
Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Mr. Kim was norn in Carbondale, Illinois and started playing the violin at the age of three, began studying with Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986 he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Mr. Kim also serves as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra in New York City - gathered at the invitation of conductor Gerard Schwarz, and made up of leading musicians from major orchestras across the United States. His instrument is a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Kim serves as Artist in Residence at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia and in May 2011, was conferred the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa. Mr. Kim was founder and, for 20 years ending in 2008, artistic director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island, from which he was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts in 2001. In conjunction with the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Mr. Kim founded an annual outreach program that took him to elementary schools, performing and speaking about classical music in an effort to cultivate future audiences.