The classical music series at St. Matthew’s Church will open its 30th season of concerts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, with featured violinist Hye-Jin Kim.
Under the direction of conductor Thomas Neenan, Kim and the Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, and the orchestra will play Stravinsky’s “Dances Concertantes.”
Kim was the winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and her playing as been described as “. . . heart-stopping, unrivaled beauty of tone . . . supremely musical playing [that is always] well-thought out, yet of the moment.”
Kim has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong) and the Hannover Chamber Orchestra, where she played Mozart’s A Major Concerto at age 12.
She has appeared in major venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss and St. John’s, Smith Square, London.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1985, Hye-Jin Kim began her violin studies with Dong-Hyun Kim at the age of 8. When she was 14, Ms. Kim entered The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She earned her master’s degree at Boston’s New England Conservatory. She is assistant professor of violin at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and serves on faculty at Bard College Conservatory. She plays a Gioffredo Cappa violin, crafted in Saluzzo, Italy in 1687.
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s is known for its stylish performances of music from the 18th through 20th centuries. In residence here since 1984, the orchestra has performed more than 30 premieres of works commissioned by St. Matthew’s Music Guild.
In 2013, the orchestra released a CD, Music from the Left Coast, featuring premiere performances of four commissioned works by Christopher Tin, Ross Wright, Ola Gjeilo and Dwayne S. Milburn.
Visit MusicGuildOnline.org or call (310) 573-7422 for more information. Admission at the door: $35 (students $10 with I.D.) Children under 16 are free. St. Matthew’s is located at 1031 Bienveneda.