Dennis KimConcertmaster, Eleanor and Michael Gordon Chair
After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic, Dennis Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with all of the most important orchestras in Asia. Recent highlights include performing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and presenting the ﬁrst concert featuring the music of John Williams in Havana, Cuba with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. During his tenure as concertmaster with the Buﬀalo Philharmonic and the Tampere Philharmonic, he was featured annually as a soloist. Over the last few seasons, he was a guest soloist with the Lebanon Philharmonic and the Orchestra NOW, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Haydn to Glass and Penderecki.
A dedicated teacher, Dennis Kim serves on the faculty of the University of California Irvine and the Orange County School of the Arts. This summer, Kim joins the faculty of the Brevard Music Center. Previously he was on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Korean National University of the Arts, Yonsei University, Tampere Conservatory and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. In the summers, Kim has taught and performed at the the Interlochen Center for the Arts as Valade Concertmaster in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra summer program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. His students have been accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn School, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory and the Queen Elizabeth College of Music. Former students play in orchestras around the world including the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, and Paciﬁc Symphony.
An active chamber musician, Dennis Kim can be heard regularly at the Cafe Ludwig series and is the violinist of Trio Barclay, the ﬁrst Ensemble-in-Residence of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Additionally he can be heard on the soundtracks of movies such as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji II, The Lego Movie 2 and It Chapter Two.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.