Donghyun Kim, violinist, violin, performance, chamber music, Friends of Chamber Music, Young Musicians Competition, 2015

Young Musician Competitor Catapults to National Fame

August 6, 2015

We love to keep up with our Young Musician competitors, and this month we’ve got an update for you on our first prize winner of the 61st YMC, Junior Division violinist, Donhyun Kim.

Here’s a sneak peek of his ensemble’s stellar performance last spring:

This August, Donhyun Kim will be taking to the stage again as part of the 2015 TD National Tour coming to Vancouver’s Chan Centre.

Kim heralds from Coquitlam, BC, and started playing violin at age 4 because, as he puts it; “My parents made me.” Thankfully for us, his love for the violin and the myriad of nuances particular to classical music grew on him. Needless to say, he’s grateful for that parental push back in the day.

With the Best Technique award in the Guarneri Violin Seminar and a scholarship, both courtesy of the Vancouver Academy of Music, under his belt, the upcoming tour was a natural fit for Kim. It features some of the top emerging orchestral musicians in Canada, ranging in ages from 16 – 28. The 90-plus young musicians underwent a five week training intensive that culminates in the cross-country tour with stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Stratford, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The tour is led by famed maestro Michael Francis, known for his infectious passion that inspires unforgettable shows from his musicians. The NYO Canada Vancouver audience can look forward to Strauss’ Don Quixote ’38, Vancouver composer Alfredo Santa Ana’s new work OCASO ‘8, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances ’35.

True musical talent transcends age, time, and boundaries of all kinds. Kim, along with his tour mates, are the next wave of talent to make orchestral melodies accessible in a resonant way. We couldn’t be more thrilled to support our hometown boy.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:30pm

Where: Chan Centre’s Chan Shun Concert Hall

Cost: $15 suggested donation. All donations $20+ receive a free CD