David Kim (violinist)

David Kim (born 24 May 1963)[1] is a violinist born in Carbondale, Illinois[2] and was the only American to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1986, where he got sixth prize.[3] Since 1999, he has been the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.[4] He has played with the All-Star Orchestra[4] and performed with orchestras in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Korea, and Moscow.[citation needed]

David Kim
Born (1963-05-24) 24 May 1963 (ageĀ 56)
Carbondale, Illinois
Occupation(s)violinist, concertmaster, pedagogue

Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife and two daughters.[2] He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Jose Youth Symphony.[5]

The instrument Kim uses is a c. 1757 J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan, Italy.[4] It is on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.[4]


Kim's studies of violin started at three.[4] He started studying with Dorothy DeLay at eight.[4] Kim studied at the Juilliard School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees.[4] He has been playing as concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999.[4] He is also a soloist in The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as many other orchestras in the world.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Valdes, Lesley. "Orchestra Names A Concertmaster David Kim, A Dallas Symphony Orchestra Violinist, Was One Of Two Finalists. He's Feeling "euphoria," He Said". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  2. ^ a b "The Philadelphia Orchestra". Philadelphia Orchestra Official Website. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ Winners & Prizes Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "David Kim". Cairn University. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Board". San Jose Youth Symphony. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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