Daniel Kim, Violist
Violist Danny Kim, a native of St. Paul, MN, earned his Master of Music degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. He began his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, and then transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Danny completed his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Sally Chisholm, and received a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies.
A 2013- 2015 participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, Danny has spent past summers at the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival where served as the principal violist of the festival orchestras, and Kneisel Hall.
As a chamber musician, Danny has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated in performances with many distinguished artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, Nathan Hughes and others. He also was a tenured member of Madison Symphony Orchestra and was awarded a position on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Currently residing in New York City, Danny has performed with several distinguished ensembles and artists including the Metropolis Ensemble where he collaborated with Questlove and The Roots, New York Classical Players, Camerata Virtuosi New Jersey, Symphony in C and appeared on Sesame Street with Maestro Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. Danny also recently completed a tour of South Korea with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and Richard O’Neill for his 10th anniversary concerts.
Past honors include advancing to the finals of the Juilliard concerto competition, being a prizewinner of the 2011 Neale-Silva Young Artist Competition, which was broadcast live on national radio. Additionally, Danny was the winner of the 2011 Tanglewood Music Center Maurice Schwartz Prize, the UW-Madison concerto competition, the Aspen Festival Orchestral String Fellowship, the UW School of Music Alumni Association scholarship and the Kato Perlman scholarship. He was also the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship during his graduate studies.
An ardent supporter of teaching and working with young people, Danny took part in a residency in May of 2013 with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela coaching chamber groups and performing with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. He has also served as viola faculty at the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, MN and has led orchestra sectionals for The Juilliard Pre-College Division.
Danny recently completed a tour with Musicians from Marlboro and won a prestigious position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which will begin in the fall of 2016. Currently, Danny is a member of Ensemble ACJW as an academy fellow. His upcoming plans include finishing his second and final year of Ensemble ACJW, joining the Lucerne Festival Orchestra over the summer, a concert tour of Spain with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura and joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall.