Michelle Kim

Violinist Michelle Kim has been Assistant Concertmaster, The William Petschek Family Chair, of the New York Philharmonic since 2001; she currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and Pacific Symphony. An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has collaborated with premier artists, including Cho Liang Linn, Christian Tetzlaff, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Lang Lang, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Alisa Weilerstein and Yefim Bronfman. Sher has performed at various festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountain, and Bravo! Vail. Ms. Kim has also served as the first violinist of the Rosetti String Quartet.

A student of Robert Lipsett and a former Presidential Scholar, Ms. Kim graduated from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music as a Starling Foundation Scholarship recipient, and considers Heiichiro Ohyama and Henri Gronnier her mentors. She has been a member of the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, the Colburn School, and the University of California Santa Barbara, and currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music.

In 2010, Ms. Kim founded Doublestop Foundation, a public charity that provides stringed instruments for musicians who cannot afford to make such an investment on their own. For more information, please visit www.ViolinistMichelleKim.com

 

Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York (organized by the 92nd Street Y). Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.

During summer 2018, Adam Golka and conductor Jayce Ogren made their San Francisco Symphony debuts at the 81st annual Stern Grove Festival with the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto. Adam also returned to the Krzyżowa Festival in Poland, performed the Mahler Piano Quartet at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and offered a solo recital at The Hornby Island Festival in British Columbia, including works by Beethoven, Paderewski, Adam Golka, Michael Brown and Chopin and an Alice Tully Hall duo-recital with pianist Orion Weiss.

With his extensive concerto repertoire, Adam Golka has appeared as a soloist with dozens of orchestras. As a recitalist, he has performed scores of solo concerts, among those at excellent venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York, Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, and Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, and at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Newport Music Festival and the Duszniki Chopin festival. As a chamber musician, his appearances have included prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia and Music@Menlo.

Adam Golka acts as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.