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Sunho Kim, Acting Concertmaster

Violinist Sunho Kim joined the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra in 2008. From 2011 to 2012, the inaugural season of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, she performed as concertmaster to great critical acclaim under the direction of Michael Stern, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Labadie, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Jeffrey Kahane. Before moving to Kansas City, Kim was a fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami from 2005-08, and served regularly as a concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, Estonian National Symphony, Danish Free Mason Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Seoul Youth Chamber, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed solo recitals in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Czech Republic, South-Korea and the United States. An active chamber musician, Kim has performed at the Colorado Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, and in 2007 she performed at the Shanghai International Music Festival with the chamber music ensemble of NWS. Sunho Kim has won numerous awards including first prize and best interpretation at the International Heino Eller Violin Competition in Tallinn, Estonia, first prizes at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Competition in Copenhagen, the Bales Violin Competition in Boston, Sun-Hwa Music Competition, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Audition. She has attended numerous summer festivals and masterclasses, and studied with world renowned violinists such as Masuko Ushioda, Milan Vitek, Mi-Kyung Lee, Sylvia Rosenberg, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Franco Gulli and Ana Chumachenko. She is a proud mother of her son, Alex, and she and her husband love cooking together for friends and families.

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.