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Sunho Kim, Acting Concertmaster

Violinist Sunho Kim joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2008, and holds the position of assistant concertmaster. She previously was a fellow of the New World Symphony from 2005 to 2008, and served regularly as concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas. Winner of the Heino Eller International Violin Competition in Estonia and Bales Violin Competition in Boston, Kim made her solo debut at age 14 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as a winner of their Young Artist Competition. She also has been a featured soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, Estonian National Symphony, Danish Free Mason Orchestra, Seoul Symphony and Seoul Youth Chamber Orchestra, among others. An avid chamber musician, Kim is heard frequently in the Kansas City Symphony’s free Happy Hour chamber music concerts and has performed at the Colorado Music Festival, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Shanghai International Music Festival, Summerfest in Kansas City and Savonlinna Chamber Music Festival in Finland. She was a founding member of the Tappan String Quartet and has performed with them at the Smithsonian American History Museum. She also has performed solo recitals in Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, South Korea and the United States. Originally from South Korea, Kim moved to Germany at age 16 to study with Mi-Kyung Lee at the University of Arts, Berlin, and continued her study with Milan Vitek, first at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and then at the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received an artist diploma. She received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory as a student of Masuko Ushioda.

Ten questions about me:

What music selections would you recommend to someone who is new to classical music?

Anything Bach, Mozart Symphonies, Beethoven String Quartets, Schumann Lieder, Chopin piano pieces… I guess the list is too long!

What is the one item you must have on a desert island?

Air conditioning

Do you have a favorite composition you like to play, or listen to?

Schumann Dichterliebe

When you were young, did you enjoy practicing?

No, I started enjoying it later in my 20's.

When you're not performing or rehearsing, you're most likely doing what?

Family time!

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

During my elementary school years.

What's your "top pick" for downtown dining, or for a post-concert drink or dessert?

Grunauer. Everything they have is superb.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

My son, Alex, if it counts as my "achievement."

Tell us what it's like to be part of the Symphony.

It’s like being a part of this big, amazingly intricate machine. Every single part needs to work well together in order to make the whole thing work.

What is a "must-have" in your fridge?

Any kind of fruit.