This fall, I interviewed David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Curious about what he would have to say about orchestral excerpts, I attended his masterclass at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (I guess if I want my Don Juan to be less scratchy, the first step is to use less rosin...DUH!!!). Afterwards, I approached Mr. Kim about my blog, and he agreed to a phone interview several days later.
Despite his position as Concertmaster for arguably one of the most famous orchestras in the world, Mr. Kim is one of the most grounded and generous musicians I have ever met. For lack of a better word, he's totally "normal". In our brief interview, I asked Mr. Kim about life as a Concertmaster, the skills needed to be a 21st century musician, and his most memorable concert experience (Spoiler Alert: It involves Martha Argerich!)Read More