David Kim Orchestral Institute Faculty

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.

Ying Fu

The Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Ying Fu is the 1st Prize Winner of 2012 “Rodolfo Lipizer” International Violin Competition in Italy, as well as 4 Special Prizes. He is also a top-prize winner of many other major competitions all over the world, including Schmidbauer International Competition, Washington International Music Competition, “HAMS” Violin Competition in Chicago and Young Texas Artists Music Competition.

Fu has collaborated with many renowned musicians, such as Maestro Cliff Colnot, Cristian Macelaru, pianist Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, cellist Peter Wiley, violist Kim Kashkashian, violinist Midori Goto, and has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. With his great enthusiasm for chamber music, Mr. Fu has participated in many chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, Cascade Head Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival in Taos Ski Valley, and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. As an active teacher, his students have been accepted by The Juilliard School in NYC, New England Conservatory in Boston as well as Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington.

Born in Shanghai, China, at the age of 3, Mr. Fu began to study the violin and gave his first public performance at the age of 6 in the Shanghai Concert Hall. Fu went on to earn his Bachelor’s of Music from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and his Master’s degree of Music in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. After 2-year study of Doctoral degree under Professor Cho-Liang Lin and Sergiu Luca at the Shepherd School of Music, he joined the first violin section of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra in 2011 for 2 years.

Lisa-Beth Lambert

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

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.

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.

Richard Amoroso

Richard Amoroso

Violinist Richard Amoroso joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1998 after serving as a member of Concerto Soloists (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia), Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and as a substitute violinist with the Orchestra. He also performed with various local music groups, including Pro Musica, the Mendelssohn Club, the Philadelphia Singers, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia (now Opera Philadelphia). Mr. Amoroso has performed as soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the North Penn Symphony, and in a trio recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He returned to Carnegie in 2004 to perform a solo recital. He has also performed Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with the Helena (MT) Symphony and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

Mr. Amoroso’s relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra began in 1984 at the age of 14 when he won the Orchestra’s Student Competition (now the Albert M. Greenfield Competition) and subsequently performed as a soloist with the Orchestra. A native Philadelphian, he attended Settlement Music School on scholarship and also studied with Philadelphia Orchestra retired Concertmaster Norman Carol, as well as with former Orchestra Co-Concertmaster William dePasquale, Rafael Druian, and retired Orchestra Associate Concertmaster David Arben.

Mr. Amoroso holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, from which he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His instrument is a Nicolò Gagliano from 1765. He is an avid golfer and sports fan. For more information please visit www.westchesterviolin.com. 

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.

More Information

Audition and applications are now open.

To learn more about the application process and audition requirements, as well as about the event schedule and costs, take a look at the David Kim Orchestral Institute Viewbook.

Applications and audition tapes must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

For more information, email DKOI@cairn.edu.

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