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Violinist Soovin Kim to Play All-Bach Program October 13

October 1, 2017

Local Favorite and Area Native Will Play an All-Bach Program

Middlebury, VT—Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim will appear on the Middlebury Performing Arts Series in a popular concert on Friday, October 13. In anticipation of the release of his upcoming new solo Bach CD, he will treat audiences to Bach’s E major partita, G minor sonata, and A minor sonata for solo violin.

Kim’s many honors include the Paganini Competition first prize, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Most of us in Vermont, however, know him as one of our region’s most famous musicians. Raised in Plattsburgh, NY, he was the youngest-ever musician to join the Vermont Youth Orchestra (at age 10). He maintains a close relationship with the famed Marlboro Music Festival where he often spends his summers. Since 2009, he has served as co-artistic director of the acclaimed Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, held annually in Burlington, VT.

About the Artist

Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting young player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. He enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor as well as big Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives with duo partner Jeremy Denk, and new world-premiere works almost every season.

In recent seasons he has been acclaimed for his “superb…impassioned” (Berkshire Review) performance of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto at the Bard Festival with the American Symphony Orchestra and a “sassy, throaty” (Philadelphia Inquirer) rendition of Kurt Weill’s concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra. His Dallas Symphony performance of the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with music director Jaap van Zweden was noted for its “gorgeous tone, effortless brilliance and eloquent musicality” (Dallas Morning Star). He has performed in past seasons with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung.

In addition to his career as a soloist, Kim also performs as the first violinist of the Johannes String Quartet. He is well-known in Korea as a member of MIK, his ground-breaking piano quartet ensemble.

Kim is also a sought-after teacher—he previously taught at Yale University, Stony Brook University, the Peabody Institute, and Kyung Hee University in Seoul. In fall 2014, he joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein, and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with Victor Danchenko and Jaime Laredo.


Performance Details

Vioinist Soovin Kim will perform on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. 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 curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or


Image captions: Violinist Soovin Kim plays at the Mahaney Center for the Arts October 13. Photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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