Dennis Kim has been concertmaster of Pacific Symphony since September 2018. He previously served as concertmaster with the Buffalo, Seoul, and Tampere philharmonic orchestras, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was the youngest concertmaster in the ensemble’s history.
As guest concertmaster, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC, KBS, Montpelier, Western Australia, and Navarra symphony orchestras; the London, Royal Stockholm, Malaysian, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras; and Orchestre National de Lille. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.
Since making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has performed as a soloist with many leading orchestras in China and Korea, including a tour of Japan with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. During his tenure as concertmaster with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, he was featured annually as a soloist. In recent years, he has appeared as a guest soloist with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra NOW, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim has served on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; Canada’s PRISMA Festival; the Interlochen Center for the Arts; the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Korean National University of Arts; Yonsei University; Tampere Conservatoire; and the Bowdoin International, Atlantic, and Suolahti music festivals.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko, and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.