Violinist leaves locked-out Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for New York Philharmonic

Posted on: February 21, 2013

In Thursday’s (2/21) Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Kristin Tollitson writes, “Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violinist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, has won a position with the New York Philharmonic after auditioning Feb. 16. Kim’s departure is the first among musicians of the two Twin Cities orchestras since they were locked out last fall in a labor dispute. Kim’s wife, Pitnarry Shin, is a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra. They moved to the Twin Cities less than 18 months ago. … He said in a prepared statement that the ‘last thing we wanted to do was displace our family again so soon after moving here, but this is the reality of the lockouts. While I am thrilled at this opportunity to play with one of the world’s great orchestras, I am saddened to be leaving the SPCO under these circumstances. In the space of four months, the lockouts of both orchestras have changed the Twin Cities from a destination metropolis for musicians to a place that many of us are actively trying to leave.’ Kim is also a member of the musicians’ negotiating team and was on the executive search committee to find a new president for the orchestra.”

Posted February 21, 2013