Feb. 13: Master Players concert to feature Philadelphia Orchestra's Kim
David Kim
Marian Lee


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10:57 a.m., Jan. 26, 2011----The 2010-2011 University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series will continue with a presentation featuring violinist David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, in Mitchell Hall on the UD campus in Newark.

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The concert is part of the new Master Players Concert Series (MPCS) Concertmasters Series.

Kim will perform an all-Brahms program with his Juilliard classmate, UD faculty pianist Marian Lee.

This marks Kim's second MPCS appearance. The event is co-presented by the Korean American Association of Delaware.

David Kim

Kim, who was named concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999, started playing violin at the age of three, studied with the famed Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, 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.

Kim presents master classes at institutions such as Curtis, Juilliard, the New World Symphony in Miami, Yale, Shanghai Conservatory, the Korean National University of Arts, and universities and colleges across the United States. He serves as artist in residence at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, where in May he will be delivering the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree.

In 2008, Kim was awarded the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, which is given annually to the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the orchestra. He also serves as a member of the orchestra's board of directors.

Kim performs using a J.B. Guadagnini violin from Milan, Italy, circa 1757, on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Marian Lee

Lee, a pianist, made her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as winner of the 1995 Artists International Award. She has appeared internationally as soloist with the orchestras of the Moscow Sinfonietta, Pacific Ocean Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, Brjansk City Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonica do Espirito Santo, and was featured in a nationally televised broadcast in Tchaikovsky Hall.

In liaison with the U.S. State Department, Lee has also served as music ambassador for American contemporary music in Russia, Azerbaijan. Turkmenistan, and Poland.

Lee received a bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Juilliard under the guidance of Gyorgy Sandor and Seymour Lipkin.

She has been awarded a Delaware State Arts Council grant in support of tour to Hong Kong this spring, where she will be giving a master class, radio concert and interview.

Lee is an adjunct assistant professor in UD's Department of Music and president-elect of the Delaware State Music Teachers Association.

More Master Players concerts ahead

March 18 -- Delaware Idols -- A Winners' Concert will be held Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts with Julie Nishimura, Delaware Idols accompanist and faculty pianist

The 2009 Delaware Idols impressively concluded last year's MPCS season with a fiery performance with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. This year, the winners of the 2011 Delaware National String Competition compete on the MPCS stage for cash prizes and a professional concert engagement. Join the “judges” as the live audience chooses its next Delaware Idols in this exciting concert event.

April 15-16 -- iMusic 4: China Magpie will be held Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 16, also at 8 p.m., with both performances in Mitchell Hall.

The iMusic productions created by internationally known violinist and MPCS founding artistic director Xiang Gao, UD professor of music, are creative and engaging pops concerts that humanize music in ways audiences have never imagined. These fun family events are appropriate for children age four and up and sell out quickly, so reserve your tickets today.

The state-of-the-art Gore Recital Hall only seats 200 and those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. MPCS tickets cost $25 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens, UD faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for students with ID.

Tickets are available at the REP box office in the Roselle Center for the Arts, telephone 302-831-2204.

For more information about MPCS, visit the website.