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).
What is different about performing with the SPCO versus other ensembles? “We play such a wide range of music and work with such interesting Artistic Partners. Other great chamber orchestras tend to be specialists, but we can play an amazing Baroque week with someone like Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen, then do a world premiere and a Beethoven symphony the next week, and play chamber music with Martin Fröst or Jeremy Denk the week after that. You have to be able to turn on a dime in this orchestra, which makes it very challenging but also super fun and rewarding.”