isaac kim

Violinist Isaac Kim, this year's Young Artist Competition winner, will be featured by the Tehachapi Symphony at the May 7 concert.

The Tehachapi Symphony, directed by Dr. David Newby will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road.

This year’s Young Artist Competition winner, violinist Isaac Kim, will perform Sarasate’s "Zigeunerweisen." The Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus and director Kathy Kelly will join the symphony for Brahms’ "Schickalslied" (Song of Destiny). Brahms’ "Symphony No. 3 in F Major" will also be performed.

Kim is a sophomore at Stockdale High School. He started his violin lessons and also performed in public at age 3. He has participated in school orchestras for the last eight years, Strolling Strings for five years, Bakersfield Youth Symphony since 2013, Kern County Honor Orchestra since 2011, Southern State Honor Orchestra, CODA Strings Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, All State Honor Orchestra, Kern County Solo and Ensemble Festival, California State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Colburn School Recital, Montecito International Music Festival, Wildwood Music Camp and Idyllwild Music Festival. He has served as concertmaster and has been given numerous awards, command performances and scholarships. He has also appeared on television network 3ABN and Valley Public Radio programs.

Kim and his younger brother, Ian, volunteer in local nursing homes bringing music to retirees, which Isaac Kim describes as the highlight of his week and as a very rewarding experience. He studies violin with Lorenz Gamma, who works closely with him to bring out his best. His other teachers include Lewis Ament, Elvira Arambula and Chan Ho Yun, who have nurtured and led him in his music career. Kim would also like to thank all his school music teachers who have encouraged and motivated him over the years in his music development. He wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Newby and each member of the orchestra for the honor of performing with them.

After the intermission, there will be a drawing for the yearly fundraiser, for which tickets may be purchased from any Tehachapi Symphony member, board member, or Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus member. Besides gift cards from local spots, there will also be dinner with Astronaut Cmdr. Richard Searfoss, a handmade quilt, a chance to conduct the orchestra, a glider ride, and a string quartet for an evening included in the raffle. The grand prize is $1,000.

There is a reception following the concert so that community members may meet the Young Artist competition winner, as well as symphony and chorus directors and members.

Admission is always free to the community. For more concert information, call 821-7511 or go to the website:

Karen Budai is the director of publicity for the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra.