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School of Music Welcomes Artist Faculty Kyu-Young Kim and Peter McGuire 

January 11, 2019

This spring we welcome Artist Faculty Kyu-Young Kim and Peter McGuire to the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Kyu-Young Kim, artistic director and principal violinist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO's artistic director in January 2016 marked the first time a playing member had been tapped to take the artistic helm of a major American orchestra. Previously, Kim served as senior director of artistic planning with the SPCO all the while continuing to perform in the orchestra, and since assuming a dual role as musician and administrator in 2013, the SPCO has named five new artistic partners, opened its new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and toured domestically and internationally to great critical acclaim. 

As a violinist, Kim has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Seoul Arts Center, the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), and the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn). As a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the Grand Prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, he performed in many of the major halls of Europe, including the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie (Cologne), the Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), and the Megaron (Athens), and was a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Two Program. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and was a core member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from 2010-2016. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet from 1997-1999, he won the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Kim has received degrees from the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Jaime Laredo, Yumi Scott, and Shirley Givens.

Peter McGuire was appointed to the violin section of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 and acting associate concertmaster in 2011. Mr. McGuire joined the orchestra as principal second violin after serving as associate concertmaster with the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich from 2013-2016.

Peter McGuire has performed as guest concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Zürich Opera, Luzern Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, All-Star Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent chamber musician and soloist, McGuire has performed with prestigious ensembles throughout the U.S., Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. In 2011, Mr. McGuire performed Mozart’s A Major Concerto for First Lady Michelle Obama at the University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo-Cedar Falls. He has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Switzerland and was a violin coach for the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2016.

A participant in many summer music festivals, he has frequently appeared at the Alexandria Festival of Lakes, Festival Brunnen (Switzerland), and New Hampshire Music Festival.

McGuire resides in Saint Peter with his wife and four children.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Associate Professor Young-Nam Kim for his years of service to the U of M School of Music and wish him well in retirement.