September 12, 2016

From the Stage: RPO Principal Cellist Ahrim Kim

The RPO presents the first Sunday Matinee concert of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, October 2 at Hochstein Performance Hall at 2 PM. This concert features principal cellist Ahrim Kim’s RPO solo debut; Kim joined the RPO at the beginning of the 2015-16 season. Kim will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. Haydn wrote the piece in 1783 for cellist Anton Kraft, and it’s a complex piece that requires a lot of the performer.

We caught up with Ahrim Kim to learn more about her personal history with the piece, as well as why she is looking forward to performing it with the RPO!

Ahrim Kim, cellist
The Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Chair

"It's an honor to play this magnificent piece with the RPO! It's a required concerto for many major orchestra auditions, and it's quite terrifying to play it in those settings. It's technically quite challenging and exposed—often musically delicate and elegant. Therefore, I'm so excited that I’ll get to fully enjoy the piece with the proper accompaniment and support this time! I played it as a soloist with my school orchestra back when I was still in Korea, but revisiting it this time will feel very different since I'm more mature (hopefully) and will have more things to say.

"I can't wait to share this beautiful piece with everyone, and I wish that they might cherish the beauty and joy it brings"

Learn more about Ahrim Kim in this Q and A.

If you go:
Beethoven & Haydn
Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM
Hochstein Performance Hall
Tickets are $27
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