(By Moses Yoon and David Kim) Konnect Magazine had theÂ privilegeÂ of interviewing Philadelphia Orchestra concert master David Kim. He is an incredible violinist and a product of Philadelphia. To view his wonderful talents, please view the embedded video!
Q: At what point in your early life did you realize that you were going to make music your career?
I started playing the violin when I was 3 years old. Â But I really made my decision to make violin my life when I was 8. Â That’s when I began studies with the teacher whom I would end up staying with through and beyond graduate school – Dorothy DeLay. “Miss DeLay” produced some of the greatest violinists of our lifetime including Midori, Gil Shaham, and Sarah Chang.
Q: How many hours a day are you practicing your violin?
Most days, I have at least 2.5 hours of rehearsal with my orchestra, not to mention an evening concert. Â On top of that, I may do another 1 to 2 hours. Â In terms of non-orchestral practice, it is very erratic. Â If I have a big solo appearance to prepare for or a large symphony to learn, I can practice up to 4 hours or so. Â But if I am on vacation, I can go a few days without touching the instrument.