The Cameron University Department of Music will present a joint recital by internationally acclaimed violinist David Kim and pianist Hyunsoon Whang, McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, in the University Theatre. The program will consist of music written by some of the most loved classical composers, including Mozart, Brahms and Chopin, as well as virtuosic violin pieces which are sure to please the audience. Admission is free.
Kim serves as concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, a post he has held since 1999. His instrument is a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra. Born in Carbondale, Ill., he started playing the violin at the age of 3, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of 8, and later 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.
Highlights of Kim’s 2012-13 season include festival performances, master classes, recitals, and solo appearances with orchestras in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey, France, and Japan. In January 2013, he will be leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in a week of all-Mozart programs without conductor.
As a highly sought-after pedagogue, Kim presents master classes at schools and institutions such as Juilliard, the New World Symphony in Miami, Princeton, Yale, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan, the Korean National University of Arts, and universities and colleges across the United States. He also serves as Artist in Residence at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia and in May 2011, was conferred the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.
The latest additions to Kim’s discography are “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” a collection of sacred works for violin and piano with pianist and composer Paul S. Jones, and “Encore,” a collection of recital favorites with pianist Gail Niwa.
Whang is a Professor of Music at Cameron University and concertizes extensively. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she began her piano studies at the age of 4 and has been playing public concerts since age 12. She has performed more than 500 concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. As a recitalist and a collaborator, she has played at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Se-Jong Cultural Center in Seoul, Paul Hall in Lincoln Center and the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Victoria Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi.
During this season, Whang will be performing in Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and New York as well as several concerts in Oklahoma. Her recent live videos from Drury University have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster. In 2010 she received the Governor’s Arts and Education Award from Governor Henry.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. She earned a doctorate from Indiana University. She studied with Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Block, Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jung-joo Oh and Soo-jung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and Felix Galimir. She holds the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music at Cameron University where she has been teaching since 1993.
Patrons will enjoy new theatre seating that was installed over the summer.
The concert is sponsored by CU Lectures and Concerts Series and Pam Marion of Pam and Barry Realty in Lawton.
For more information, please contact Department of Music at 580.581.2440.
September 24, 2012