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Virtuoso David Kim opens USC Symphony season

By Frenche Brewer,, 803-777-3691

David Kim, concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be the guest artist for the opening season concert of the USC Symphony Orchestra.

The USC Symphony is directed by Maestro Donald Portnoy. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Koger Center for the Arts. Kim will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26. The concert program also includes Brahm’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer, reviewing a performance by Kim, wrote “The violinist has a robust sound that sings. He knows how to be expansive without distortion of sound.”

Kim started playing the violin at age 3, and studied with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at age 8. He 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.

Kim was founder and artistic director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island. He appears as soloist each season with The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the world’s leading orchestras. He also performs with numerous orchestras around the world. 

Kim has performed with many renowned conductors, including Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Oundjian and Wolfgang Sawallisch. 

Symphony tickets are$25 for adults; $20 for senior citizens, USC faculty and staff; and $8 for students. Season tickets are available by calling the Koger box office, 803-251-2222.


Posted: 09/17/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/17/12 @ 5:11 PM | Permalink