Opening Night

Xavier Foley, bass & composer
Eunice Kim, violin
David Danzmayr, conductor

Featured artists' bios

Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has been recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs.

Also a composer, Xavier was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a new work entitled “For Justice and Peace” for Violin, Bass, and String Orchestra, which was recently performed at venues including Carnegie Hall as part of a program designed to promote social justice.

As concerto soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Sphinx Symphony and Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall.

Xavier won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four performance prizes and a Paiko Foundation Fellowship, and First Prizes at Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx’s 2014 Competition, and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition.

In 2018, he made his acclaimed New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. The program included two of his own compositions. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall as a Laureate of the Sphinx Competition, at the Young Concert Artists Series at Alice Tully Hall and the Morgan Library, and for Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harriman-Jewell Series, and Buffalo Chamber Music Society. This season, Xavier will perform as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He will also perform recitals at Ithaca College, Mesa Arts Center, Chamber Music Charleston, University of Southern Mississippi, and will appear with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and La Jolla Music Society.

An active chamber musician, Xavier has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, Tippet Rise Music Festival in Fishtail, MT, Bridgehampton and Skaneateles (NY) Festivals, New Asia Chamber Music Society in Philadelphia, South Mountain Concerts, Wolf Trap, and with New York’s Jupiter Chamber Players.

A native of Marietta, GA, Xavier is an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program, and earned his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music working with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. His double bass was crafted by Rumano Solano.

A young artist with a unique voice, violinist Eunice Kim has been proclaimed “just superb” by The New York Times and “a born performer” by Epoch Times. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Astral Award-winning violinist has been featured soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Seongnam Philharmonic and Bakersfield Symphony, among others. Eunice Kim has appeared on multiple occasions as soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a wide variety of repertoire, including an eight-concert regional tour of the Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. With the Albany Symphony she recorded George Tsontakis’s Unforgettable for Naxos Records. Her 2021 season includes the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. As a guest artist for Curtis on Tour, she has performed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Germany with violist Roberto Díaz, and appeared at both the Library of Congress and the United Nations for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Kim has appeared at Music at Angel Fire, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute of Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, SphinxConnect, Marlboro Music School and Festival, and has been a frequent guest artist at the Tippet Rise Art Center. She has performed and taught internationally at the Teatro Del Lago Festival in Chile and the Valdres Music Academy in Norway.

Her collaborations include concerts with such prominent artists as Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, Peter Wiley, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cynthia Raim and eighth blackbird. With pianist Xiaohui Yang, she has an ongoing performance partnership which has included recitals throughout the United States. Recent highlights included return engagements from New Orleans to New Mexico and a debut at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. With double-bassist Xavier Foley, Eunice Kim has created an adventuresome duo, performing a mix of repertoire from the Baroque onwards, including new compositions by Mr. Foley. Their 2021 schedule includes performances of his new double concerto For Justice and Peace with the New West Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus. Eunice Kim’s creative work also includes time with Ensemble39, a contemporary quintet of strings and winds devoted to commissioning new music and pushing the boundaries of the concert experience.

Eunice Kim has degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, was the recipient of the Rose Paul Fellowship and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize.