Kim And Chien Named Recipients Of 2021 Chamber Music Society Award

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Heart introduced that violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien are the recipients of the 2021 CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music. The award will likely be offered on Tuesday at Alice Tully Corridor in New York Metropolis, throughout a CMS live performance.

“Even in the course of the deepest and darkest days of the pandemic, we knew that this award ought to go subsequent to those that have been working tirelessly to maintain the artwork kind thriving within the face of great odds,” stated David Finckel and Wu Han, co-artistic administrators of CMS. “It was not lengthy after the shutdown that we turned conscious of this couple’s aggressive, unstoppable, and actually impressed efforts to carry nice music to folks in occasions of intense want. Because the months wore on, Soovin and Gloria mounted challenge after challenge in a number of areas. As younger inventive administrators, and stellar performers, they’ve set an instance, not solely as artists, however residents of the world, and for that, we must always all be actually grateful.”

CMS musicians Soovin Kim and Gloria Chien are alumni of The Bowers Program, CMS’s growth program for younger artists. They epitomize the sort of management, experience, and fervour that this system was designed to encourage, with careers as extremely revered solo artists, busy chamber musicians (with CMS and independently), and inventive administrators who launched their very own collection and at the moment are on the helm of a number of completely different chamber music collection and packages across the nation.

Collectively, they’re inventive administrators of Lake Champlain Chamber Music Pageant in Burlington, Vt., and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Or. Dr. Chien can be inventive director of String Concept on the Hunter, a chamber music collection on the Hunter Museum of American Artwork.

All through the pandemic, Mr. Kim and Dr. Chien introduced chamber music to the folks of Burlington, Portland, and Chattanooga by producing digital concert events, that includes each reside performances and archival recordings; creating digital lecture collection and academic programming; partnering with native public radio and tv to increase the attain of programming; and providing many of those packages free to the general public in an effort to assist maintain them by the pandemic lockdown. As quickly as restrictions started to ease in the summertime of 2021, Mr. Kim and Dr. Chien additionally started reintroducing reside performances, with in-person concert events, open rehearsals and grasp courses, household concert events, free performances, and even faculty visits.

Within the early days of the pandemic, Dr. Chien launched “Notes of Hope,” every day 7 p.m. concert events that joined within the every day 7 p.m. expression of thanks for frontline healthcare employees. “Notes of Hope” ran for 42 days, from Could 11 to June 21, with greater than 65 artists and ensembles volunteering their time and abilities. All of the every day concert events are archived on-line at

“It’s such an awesome honor to obtain this award and to be within the firm of such distinguished previous honorees, together with the founder and the previous inventive administrators of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Heart,” stated Dr. Chien and Mr. Kim. “As inventive leaders, it’s our accountability to serve our communities, particularly throughout this time of uncertainty. Music elevates and connects, two issues we urgently wanted in the course of the pandemic. We need to share this award with our organizations in Portland, Burlington, and Chattanooga. We’re grateful to Wu Han, David Finckel, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Heart for setting an instance by offering invaluable assist and steering to their musicians and an abundance of wealthy musical choices to their audiences!”

Mr. Kim and Dr. Chien concertize worldwide as soloists and chamber artists. Mr. Kim serves on the violin college at New England Conservatory and Dr. Chien serves as artist in residence at Lee College. The 2 musicians first met in the summertime of 1999 on the Verbier Pageant and have become colleagues in 2013 at [email protected], Finckel and Han’s competition in Silicon Valley. They married in 2015.

The CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music is offered to people and establishments who’ve proven distinctive dedication to the artwork type of chamber music and have considerably modified the panorama of chamber music by their passionate dedication and distinctive imaginative and prescient. Recipients, chosen by CMS’s inventive division, will be artists, presenters, or others who’ve proven an distinctive dedication to chamber music.

This 12 months, CMS felt strongly that the award ought to acknowledge contributions made particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music went to pianist Menahem Pressler in 2013 and the next 12 months to CMS founding director Charles Wadsworth. Different prior recipients embody Marlboro Music (2015), South Mountain Concert events (2016), Chamber Music Connection (2018) and David Shifrin (2019).

CMS is considered one of 11 constituents of the biggest performing arts advanced on this planet, Lincoln Heart for the Performing Arts, which incorporates the New York Philharmonic, New York Metropolis Ballet, Lincoln Heart Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. With its house in Lincoln Heart’s Alice Tully Corridor, CMS is understood for the extraordinary high quality of its performances and its programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide. Via its many efficiency, schooling, recording, and broadcast actions, it brings the expertise of nice chamber music to extra folks than some other group of its sort. Annual actions embody a full season in New York, in addition to nationwide and worldwide excursions.

For extra details about the award, contact Kirshbaum Associates’ Beverly Greenfield, director of public relations, at (212) 222-4843 or e-mail [email protected]

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