Philadelphia adds a Korean violinist

Philadelphia adds a Korean violinist


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra has appointed Christine Lim to the second violins.

She replaces Mei Ching Huang, who has been moved up to the first violin section.

Christine Lim started violin studies at the age of three. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018, where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She is currently working on her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studies with Soovin Kim and Paul Biss. Lim has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic, the Gwacheon Philharmonic, the Rzeszów Philharmonic, the KBS Symphony, the Euro-Asia Philharmonic, the Kyunggi Philharmonic, and the South Bohemian Orchestra.



  • Tom says:

    I think Paul’s last name is Biss. It would be less inflammatory to say “moves to the first violin section’ than ‘has been moved up to the first violin section’.

  • Harry Levy says:

    Why is being “Korean” a necessary part of this headline ?

  • Edgar Self says:

    Tom is right about Paul Biss, violinist, violist, teacher at New England Conservatory. His wife Miriam Fried is violinist leader of a young violinist training program at Northwestern U. in Evanston, and his son Jonathan Biss is the well-kmown pianist. Paul Biss has played in several professional string quartets.

    The original article here has been amended.

  • Bruce says:

    Alternate headline: “Philadelphia Orchestra Hires Curtis Alum… Again”