"Dennis Kim proved once again why he is the best concert master to ever play in a Finnish orchestra. His perfect violin solos rose up out the midst of the orchestra's playing, and blended back in again seamlessly."
"Kim's interpretation of the Mozart's A Major violin concerto was of internationally acclaimed standard. Mozart doesn't get any better than this."
Appointed Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2015, Dennis Kim comes to Buffalo with a wealth of experience. Born in Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the United States, working in Asia for a decade, and most recently working in Europe, Dennis Kim is truly a citizen of the world. Dennis Kim was first appointed Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He was the youngest Concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.
Mr. Kim has served as guest Concertmaster on four continents with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the UK. When the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra made their BBC Proms debut in 2014, they tapped Kim as the guest concertmaster.
He has worked with many of this generation’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Sir Simon Rattle. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed with leading musicians such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Jaime Laredo, Carter Brey, John Sharp, Marya Martin, and members of the Orion, Tokyo, and Guarneri string quartets. After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with every major orchestra in China and Korea. Highlights include performing on 10 hours notice to replace an ill William Preucil, performing the Vivaldi Four Seasons 20 times in one week, and touring Japan with the Busan Philharmonic in 2008.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Mr. Kim has been on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Korean National University of the Arts, Yonsei University, Tampere Conservatory, and the Seoul Arts High School. He has taught at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Interlochen Summer Camp, and PRISMA. His students have been accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn School, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Queen Elizabeth College of Music and play in orchestras around the world.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. Mr. Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.