The UTC Department of Music will present flutist Daewon Kim in a recital of music by Hindemith, Marais, Genin, and Taktakishvili on Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. Kim will be assisted by pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai. There is no admission charge.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kim was the recipient of the coveted first prize at the Bayreuth International Music Competition in Bayreuth, Germany in 1980. He holds degrees in performance from Lübeck Musikhochschule in Germany and Yonsei University in Korea. He studied with the flutist Maxence Larrieu in France, and with Peter Lukas in France and Belgium. He was flutist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Paris and Brussels in 1975 (Jean Martinon conducting), and in Seoul and Tokyo in 1977 (Sergiu Baudo conducting). He held the position of principal flutist with the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra in Seoul from 1983-1991.
Kim has been guest soloist with major orchestras in Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Hong Kong, China, Austria (Salzburg), Korea (Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Ulsan, Pohang, Cheongju, Incheon, and Jeonju) and Japan. He has given 34 solo recitals in the United States and Asia and has performed over 50 programs since 1985 as a chamber musician and festival soloist in Los Angeles, La Jolla and Orange, CA; Atlanta, GA; Middletown and Miami, OH; France, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, and Korea.
Kim has held teaching positions at Seoul’s most prestigious universities. He is currently Chairman of Flute Division at the Seoul Institute of Performing Arts, Flute Instructor at the Seoul Catholic University, and Flute and Chamber Music Instructor at the Yonsei University.
Sin-Hsing Tsai, pianist, has been heard by audiences in Asia, Europe, North and South America. She has enjoyed global success as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
Tsai’s career took off at the age of eight, when she was admitted into the prestigious government program for musically talented children in her native city Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Two years later, she was named one of the top ten music students in her country, and this honor was followed by prizes and awards from competitions and academic institutions in Argentina, Germany, and the United States.
In addition to her solo recitals and concerto appearances, Tsai has performed with the finest musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been a frequent guest artist at music festivals, is credited with several world premieres of contemporary compositions, and has regularly judged in local and regional competitions. She just returned from her concert and master class tour in China and Korea, and this season she will be collaborating with the artist and students she met overseas. Tsai’s performing experience extends beyond the concert hall, with broadcasts in Buenos Aires and Chattanooga, and source music for film and theater productions in Los Angeles. Her recording of Jonathan McNair’s Immensity on the Loose with saxophonist Clint Schmitt will soon be released on AUR label.
A recipient of the Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California, Tsai is among the best trained pianists of her generation. She is currently a UC Foundation Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and previous employments included adjunct positions at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College.
Tsai’s formative years were supported by generous patrons. While a student in Germany, she was provided with a historic Steinway grand piano belonging to the private collection of the Chief Executive Officer of Hamburg Steinway Factory. This and other kind gestures have inspired her throughout her artistic training. In return, Tsai has given free piano instruction to underprivileged children of East Los Angeles, and volunteers for music organizations. She is currently a faculty co-advisor of the local Student Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.