Dennis Kim has been named the new concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, after a search that brought candidates from all over the world to perform with the BPO.
Kim was born in Korea, raised in Toronto, and educated in the U.S. He has worked in Asia and Europe, serving as concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, Kim was concertmaster of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. He has served as guest concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the KBS orchestra in Seoul.
He spent a week with the BPO in December, serving as concertmaster for a concert featuring the works of Sibelius. During that time, he also gave a recital for the orchestra.
Kim is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music. In addition to his work in Seoul, Hong Kong and Tampere, he has served as guest concertmaster for orchestras on four continents under the batons of some of today's most-respected conductors.
He will make his home in the Buffalo-Niagara region, along with his wife and two daughters.
"I am extremely excited to be in some way 'coming home.' I am honored and greatly looking forward to sharing the stage with the passionate musicians of the BPO," Kim said.
"In Dennis Kim, the BPO has found a brilliant violinist, a consummate musician and a world-renowned concertmaster," BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta said. "The musicians and I are absolutely delighted that he has accepted the invitation to join our orchestra, and we look forward to welcoming Dennis and his family to their new home in Buffalo."
Kim's first performance with the BPO as concertmaster will be Sept. 16, the opening night of the season, featuring a performance by Lang Lang and music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Glinka.
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