Kyu-Young Kim

Artistic Director and Principal Violin, Bruce H. Coppock Chair

Artistic Director and Principal Violin of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kyu-Young Kim is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO’s Artistic Director in January 2016 marks the first time a playing member has been tapped to take the artistic helm of a major American orchestra. Previously, Kim served as Director of Artistic Planning with the SPCO while continuing to perform in the orchestra. Since assuming his dual role in 2013, the SPCO has named four new Artistic Partners and opened its new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to great critical acclaim. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his “flawless musical and technical command,” Kim has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Seoul Arts Center, the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels) and the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn).

Do you have any interesting stories about your instrument?###

“I’m very lucky to own a Ferdinand Gagliano violin made in Naples, c. 1770, that I’ve had for 20 years now. About three years after I got it, I fell down a staircase with it and the violin basically broke my fall, but of course cracked in multiple places. It took a massive restoration to fix it, and a long time for all the new wood to settle, but now I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It just feels like a natural extension of my musical voice.”