Ward Stare, Conductor
Ahrim Kim, Cello
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony No. 1
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D Major
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in g minor, K. 550
“He (Ward Stare) inspired the musicians to impressive heights.” – The New York Times
Photo of Maestro Stare: Halski Studio
Ahrim Kim is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who recently joined the RPO as principal cellist in the fall of 2015. She was awarded the Cassado Prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan and top prizes in numerous other competitions, including the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Competition. She has performed solo and chamber repertoire at Boston’s Symphony Hall, The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Sarasota Music Festival, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Kennedy Center, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim began her cello studies at the age of 6. She moved to the U.S. in 2002 and studied cello through Juilliard’s Pre-College Division for young musicians. She holds a master’s degree in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser and Natasha Brofsky.
American-born conductor Ward Stare has been described as “one of the hottest young conductors in America” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “a rising star in the conducting firmament” by the Chicago Tribune. He was recently appointed music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. This past season included a number of highly anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in November to lead performances of Porgy and Bess.