Violinist ES Kim will play through 300 years of violin history

Violinist ES Kim speaks at a press conference on Tuesday. (Peter Music)

Violinist Edwin ES Kim embarks on an unprecedented journey with 30 concerts, collectively titled “Dots and Lines”, aimed at exploring 300 years of violin history.

“By mathematical definition, a point is a place in space; a line is a set of points and an area is a set of lines,” Kim said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I thought it would be interesting to show how the works of great composers throughout history are linked. Each work is a formulation of dots and lines, and the audience can visualize a colored surface with the lines that I cheek.

Her first concert series, titled “To Kick Off,” will begin on April 4 and end on April 23 with the 10th concert titled “Different Is Not Wrong.”

The other two series will take place later this year – the second season in August and the third in November. There will be no repetition of the repertoire during the three seasons.

“I did not prepare this concert to show my talents as a violinist or to be influenced in any way. I thought it would be a great way to explore the evolution of the violin, and I already know the pieces I’ll be playing for the performances because I’ve been playing them for a long time,” Kim said.

The violinist added, “At the end of these performances, I hope the audience and I will have a deeper understanding of these pieces to experience what each piece has more to offer.”

Kim chose Bach and Beethoven, her greatest inspirations, as the two so-called greatest points, playing eight Bach pieces and six Beethoven pieces for the first season.

“Bach’s work – through which he forms a bridge between the church and the world – is full of meaning, both musically and as a backdrop for the composition,” he added. “Beethoven, as you know, is a musician who wrote his work while struggling with debilitating physical problems.”

Since 2012, Kim has been the lead artist at the Lech Classic Music Festival in Austria, but he said he recently handed the role over to someone local due to travel restrictions imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

He was appointed professor of violin at Hanyang University in Seoul in 2012.

By Park Ga-young ([email protected])