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Benny Kim

  • Violinist

Biography

Benny Kim's spectacular performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony, conducted by Keith Lockhart, resulted in the Salt Lake City Tribune writing, "Kim's titanium technique was only surpassed by his and his violin's exquisite, pearly colorations." In recent seasons Benny Kim has performed with the symphonies of Ann Arbor, Cape Cod, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Long Beach, and with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Utah, Denver, San Diego and Phoenix.
Internationally, he has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquésta Sinfonica Nacional de México, and the major orchestras of South Africa. He has been a regular at the festivals of Aspen, Bravo! Colorado, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, Santa Fe, SummerFest La Jolla, Tucson, and Vancouver.
He has collaborated with many of today's new generation of conductors, including Keith Lockhart, Marin Alsop, Robert Bernhardt, Enrique Diemecke, Raymond Harvey, Alasdair Neale, Eiji Oue and Christopher Wilkins. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has collaborated with many renowned artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell, and Gary Graffman. With Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, Benny Kim appears on two recordings for EMI - Bella Italia and Night and Day. He can also be heard on recordings on Koch International and Centaur.
As recitalist, Mr. Kim has performed in virtually every major city in the United States, including two critically acclaimed engagements at New York's 92nd St. Y and in recital at Washington DC's Kennedy Center. A passionate proponent of bringing the arts to the people, Mr. Kim continues to give school-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and "informances" to students at all levels, senior citizens, and various other groups. As Mr. Kim states, "I want to reach as many people as possible who would not otherwise have the opportunity to be touched by music." Benny Kim is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay.
He now makes his home just outside Kansas City where he is currently associate professor of violin at the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His early studies were with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. A golf fanatic, he is always in search of a game and brings his clubs whenever he travels. Unfortunately, he can not always take along his faithful golden retriever, Yogi.
Mr. Kim plays a Stradivarius violin, dated 1732.