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Danny Kim

Lois and Harlan Anderson chair, endowed in perpetuity, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-2017 season and was appointed third chair of the viola section during the 2017-18 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Kim completed his undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm and graduated with a B.A. in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. He earned his Master of Music in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Prior to winning a position with the Boston Symphony, Kim was a member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Ensemble Connect, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and has collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill among others. Kim is also a chamber music coach and teacher and serves on faculty at Boston University and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Minnesota. He previously completed a chamber music residency with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela. As a judge and jury member for music competitions and auditions, he has sat on panels with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and New England Conservatory. Committed to education and community engagement, Kim has performed on Sesame Street and participates in the BSO’s many community engagement performances and educational activities. He served as a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra while earning his undergraduate degree. Kim was also one of the first musicians to participate in the Boston Symphony-Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra musician exchange, joining the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany during the 2018-19 season.

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