Danny Kim, viola
Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-2018 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his master of music degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Having begun his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, he transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a B.A. in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. As a teacher, he was in residence with El Sistema in Caracas and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, Minnesota. Mr. Kim has performed with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Metropolis Ensemble in collaboration with Questlove and The Roots, and the New York Classical Players. He appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO's Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children's Museum. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O'Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, among others. Mr. Kim toured South Korea in 2014 with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and violist Richard O'Neill, and was also a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra while earning his undergraduate degree. Following the BSO's summer 2018 tour of Europe, he joins Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany, for the fall of the 2018-2019 season as a part of the BSO-Gewandhaus Alliance.