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Cellist Sophie Shao and Violinist Soovin Kim Open the 4th Annual Middlebury Bach Festival

April 3, 2014

April 25 Concert Will Feature Unaccompanied Bach Works


Middlebury, VT—Award-winning cellist Sophie Shao will return with special guest violinist Soovin Kim on Friday, April 25 to perform a program of unaccompanied Bach works as the opening concert of the fourth Middlebury Bach Festival. Shao will perform Bach’s first and sixth solo cello suites, and Kim will play Bach’s third violin sonata, and the second partita, which concludes with the great Chaconne.

Both artists have strong local connections: Shao is a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and an audience favorite; Soovin Kim is originally from Plattsburgh NY and leads the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

About Cellist Sophie Shao


Sophie Shao has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, taking top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky international music competitions. The New York Times has applauded her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. Highlights of recent seasons include the premiere of film composer Howard Shore’s concerto “Mythic Gardens” with the American Symphony Orchestra; a two-week American tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart; a recording with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse of the complete Bach Suites; and performances throughout the country. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music at thirteen, received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant at nineteen, and earned two degrees at Yale: a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory. She plays on an 1860 cello made by by Honoré Derazey, and once owned by legendary Spanish cellist Pablo Casals.

About Violinist Soovin Kim


Plattsburgh native Soovin Kim is increasingly lauded for the character, nuance, and excitement of his performances as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, both in the U.S. and abroad. Particularly known for his breadth of repertoire, Kim typically takes on everything from Bach to Paganini to the big romantic concertos to new commissions within a single season. He has performed with major orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Tokyo’s Casals Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. He is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and he maintains a close relationship with the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music (like Shao) as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music. Kim won first prize in the 1996 Paganini International Competition and was also awarded the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He plays on the 1709 “ex-Kempner” Stradivarius that is on temporary loan to him.

The concert by Sophie Shao and Soovin Kim will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 8:00 P.M., in the Concert Hall of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Tickets for the concert are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Patrons are encouraged to come early for a pre-concert lecture by Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin at 7:00 P.M. in Room 221, and stay afterwards for a post-concert reception hosted by the Office of the President. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to or


Photography credits:

Photos of Sophie Shao by Christian Steiner

Top photo of Soovin Kim by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco; bottom photo by Woo-Ryong Chai

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
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Middlebury, VT 05753
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