Danbi Um, violin
The Strad says violinist Danbi Um is “utterly dazzling,” with “a marvelous show of superb technique,” and Oberon’s Grove says she “graced the music at every moment, [delivering] page after page of radiant, colorful playing.”
Ms. Um has appeared as soloist with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Herzliya Chamber Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Dartmouth Symphony, among others, and in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Kumho Arts Hall in Seoul, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and in Bennett-Gordon Hall at the Ravinia Festival. She is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 National Auditions, and a current member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. With CMS, she has performed in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Chicago’s Harris Theatre, the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, the Vancouver Playhouse, and in Saratoga Springs.
Festival appearances include Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Moab, Caramoor, and North Shore chamber music festivals. She tours frequently with “Musicians from Marlboro,” including a national tour of the U.S. She has played for the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and with the Jupiter Chamber Players. In April 2018, she gives her CMS recital debut in Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, with Orion Weiss, as part of its “The Art of the Recital” series, and also appears with Weiss in Philadelphia in recital for “Morning Musicales.” Also upcoming are recitals at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Society. She also appears at the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Germany, and makes a return appearance at Music@Menlo, where she appears on its “Carte Blanche Concerts,” a series of artist-curated recitals.
Danbi Um was the Second Prize winner of the Young Artists Division of the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Third Prize winner of New Zealand’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition. At the age of ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University, and her teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, and Hagai Shaham.
Danbi Um plays a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.