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David Kim Orchestral Institute Faculty

Receive private instruction from members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, American String Quartet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Seoul National University, and other performing artists.

David Kim

David Kim

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2017-18 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin​; ​teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Brevard Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival and School; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; and recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States, including a Brahms Festival (complete Sonatas and Concerto) with the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska.

In September, he appeared with famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and will again appear with them in December on tour in Cleveland, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall. He will also be included on a soon to be released Getty Music CD. Next September, he will return to Nashville to perform at the Getty Music Worship Conference – Sing! 2018. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim presents masterclasses at colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country each season. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia, where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies. Additionally, Mr. Kim serves as Distinguished Artist at the ​Robert McDuffie Center for Strings ​at ​Mercer University ​in Macon, GA.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Brevard, MasterWorks (USA), and Pacific (Japan). ​He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate. ​

​Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College​. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife, Jane, and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.

Mr. Kim endorses and uses Thomastik Dominant Strings as well as the AirTurn Hands Free Page Turning System.

Nathan Cole

First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole, who joined the LA Phil in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music.

While in Chicago, Cole taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts and Azusa Pacific University, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC. He is also on the faculty at Azusa Pacific University. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.

Nathan is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. The Nathan Cole School of Violin includes a video curriculum of all major orchestral excerpts, plus concertos, etudes, and fundamental lessons. Visit him at natesviolin.com.

Lisa-Beth Lambert

Violinist Lisa-Beth Lambert was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for fourteen seasons, as well as a member of the National Symphony from 1995-2001.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Lambert has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kingston Music Festival (RI), the Bravo Vail Festival, on Marlboro’s Fiftieth-Anniversary recording, and at the White House. She has toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble, performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and frequently appeared on the series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, and Philadelphia Art Museum. As soloist she has performed with numerous orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, and presented the Mozart sonata cycle with pianist Lambert Orkis at several East Coast venues.

A graduate of the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music, her teachers included Jaime Laredo, Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Donald Weilerstein, and Ronda Cole, with whom she began studying at age three.  In addition to teaching privately, Ms. Lambert is on the faculty of the Credo Oberlin Festival and the MasterWorks Festival, and also created and directed the Intensive Study Program at the MasterWorks Festival.

Rachel Ku

Violist Rachel Ku joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest member of the Orchestra in September, 2004 at the age of 19. She made her solo debut in Taipei in 1995. She has since made solo appearances with the Rice University Chamber Orchestra, and the Curtis Chamber Ensemble. In January, 2005 Ms. Ku performed Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” as soloist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Ku has received several awards and honors, including first prize in the 2004 Delaware Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition and second prize in the 2002 Riverside Symphonia Caprio Young Artists Competition and was awarded first prize at the 1997 Taiwan National Viola Competition.

She earned her M.Mus. at New England Conservatory and her B.Mus. at Curtis Institute of Music. She has collaborated as chamber musician with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Steven Isserlis, Julian Rachlin, Chantal Juillet, David Kim, Arnold Steinhardt, and Marcy Rosen.

Burchard Tang

A native of Maryland, Burchard Tang joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 1999.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 1999 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph dePasquale, retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal viola, and Choong-Jin Chang, the Orchestra’s current principal viola. Mr. Tang has served as principal viola with the Curtis Symphony and the New York String Seminar, and he has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble.

A 1993 winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, Mr. Tang performed with the Orchestra as a soloist in a Student Concert in November 1993. Other honors include the Temple University Preparatory Division Concerto Competition and second prize in the Senior Division of the Fischoff Competition in 1996.

Peter Winograd

Peter Winograd (violin) joined the American String Quartet in 1990. He gave his first solo public per­for­mance at the age of 11, and at age 17 he was accepted as a scholar­ship student of Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.

Re­cog­nized early as an ex­cep­tion­ally prom­is­ing young artist, Winograd was a top prize winner in the 1988 Naumburg Inter­na­tional Violin Competition. He then made his New York debut to critical acclaim and has since appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital across the country and abroad, including annual collaborative performances with cellist Andrés Díaz at the Florida Arts Chamber Music Festival. In 2002 Winograd performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Hartford Symphony; his father, Arthur Winograd, was the featured guest conductor. Winograd has been a mem­ber of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School (where the American is Quartet-in-Residence) since 1990.

Born into a gifted musical family, Winograd began his studies with his parents. His mother was a pro­fes­sion­al pianist, and his father was the founding cellist of the Juilliard Quartet and a conductor of the Hartford Symphony in Hartford, Connecticut, where Winograd grew up. He holds bach­e­lor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard. His wife, violinist Caterina Szepes, is a reg­u­lar participant in the Marlboro Festival and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Or­ches­tra. His violin is by Giovanni Maria del Bussetto (Cremona, 1675).

Christopher Wu

Violinist Christopher Wu enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and soloist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Wu joined the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1988, and holds the Nancy & Jeffery Leininger First Violin Chair. He has previously served as concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Riverside Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics.

An active chamber musician, Wu has played with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, Joshua Bell, and the Muir String Quartet. He is a founding member of the innovative chamber music group Innuendo, hailed by the Boston Herald as “an ensemble notable for its unanimity of spirit and sonority” and for its “warmly intense interpretive powers.” Chris has appeared in numerous festivals in recent seasons including Aspen, Brevard, Heidelberg, Savannah, Masterwork, Stockbridge and St. Bart’s Music Festival.

Mr. Wu is currently on the faculties of Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University and Geneva College. He has taught classes at the University of Texas, Youngstown State University, Ottawa University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has served as Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma.

As a soloist, Wu has been described by the Tribune-Review as a musician of “virtuoso command with depth of musical understanding.” He has appeared numerous times as a soloist for the PSO and has given recitals to critical acclaim.

Chris’ violin was made in 1727 by Nicolo Gagliano. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, ice hockey, traveling and cooking. He and his wife Annette, reside in Gibsonia with their two children Wesley and Grace. In 1991, he survived a near-fatal automobile accident, and he is grateful for every opportunity to play.

Cornelius Chiu

Cornelius Chiu joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Chiu received bachelor’s and master’s degrees with high distinction as well as a performance certificate and fellowship from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Yuval Yaron. The many well-known artists with whom he has worked include Josef Silverstein, János Starker and Menahem Pressler, and he received special recognition from Isaac Stern following a performance for him. Chiu was a winner in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Indianapolis Young Musicians’ Competition and the National Arts and Letters Competition. He has performed as soloist with the Indianapolis and Washington Chamber symphonies, and at the Kennedy Center.

An avid chamber musician, Chiu frequently appears on the CSO Chamber Music series, and he has performed at the Sarasota and Aspen music festivals and at the Recontres Musicales Festival and the Ensemble Villa Musica in France and Germany. He also was a participant in the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists.

Cornelius Chiu is a dedicated teacher and has had a private studio for more than 25 years. He teaches on the faculty of Roosevelt University.

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