Guest pianist to perform on period instrument

October 15, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Guest artist David Kim will perform fortepiano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven on a replica 1795 piano in recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in Esber Recital Hall. The recital complements the course work of Music 462W, interpreting eighteenth-century music, which considers the topic of historically-informed performance on period instruments. Kim will also present as a guest lecturer at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, in 115 Music Building I. The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.

Kim's appearance is hosted by Penn State faculty musicologist Mark Ferraguto, and is generously supported by the Penn State School of Music.

Hailed by Malcolm Bilson as a musician “who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country,” Kim holds degrees from Harvard, Yale and Cornell, and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a faculty member at Whitman College (Washington) where he teaches music theory and piano.

Kim has performed internationally, appearing throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia. His concerts have been praised as “emotionally expansive” and “idiomatically perfect.” He has participated in the Banff Summer Piano Festival (Alberta), the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges (Belgium), Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), the Center for Eighteenth-Century Music Fortepiano Workshop (New York), Eastman’s Young Artist’s International Piano Festival, the Schumann Festival at Cornell University, ARIA Music Festival (Ontario), PianoFest Austria Summer Program (Vienna) and the Adamant Summer School of Music (Vermont). He made his historical performance debut in 2009 as part of the Fringe Series at the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival, with a program pairing works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, and he returned in 2011, playing a program of Beethoven and Schumann to a sold-out audience.

Winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, Kim was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University for his teaching excellence in the fields of music history and theory.


  • David Hyun-su Kim, fortepiano

    David Hyun-su Kim, fortepiano

    IMAGE: Penn State
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