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Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim Shares Stories about Tchaikovsky

Ryan Donnell
David Kim

In the 1870s, Tchaikovsky composed such large scale works as Swan Lake, Symphonies 2, 3, and 4, and Variations on a Rococo Theme. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in the same years, he was also writing short orchestral pieces with emotional power and technical virtuosity. She discusses two of these pieces, Melancolique and Valse-Scherzo, with violinist David Kim, the Philadelphia Orchestra's concertmaster .  

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, David Kim. He discusses playing Tchaikovsky's Serenade Melancolique and Valse-Scherzo in the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and about playing them now with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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The El Camino Youth Symphony with guest soloist David Kim


Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.