Special Guest Musicians

October 29, 2017
Mia Fasanello, Oboe

17 year old oboist Mia Fasanello is a Senior at Clarence High School.
She has been playing oboe for seven years, and studies with Henry Ward, Principal Oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Anna Mattix, English Horn of the BPO. She has also played the piano for nine years, and currently studies with Susan Schuman. Composing and conducting are her passions as well.

Mia is the principal oboist of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and the Clarence High School Wind Ensemble. Mia won a spot in the 2017 NYSSMA All-State Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 was a member of the All-State Symphonic Band. She has also been invited to sub with SUNY Geneseo Symphony Orchestra.

Mia was the principal oboist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for the summer of 2017. She was a finalist in the prestigious Interlochen Concerto Competition. Mia attended the Interlochen Advanced Oboe Institute in 2016, and Luzerne Music Center in 2015. At Luzerne, Mia was the principal oboist of the High School Division Orchestra and the recipient of the Presidential Merit Scholarship, awarded by Elizabeth Pitcairn .

Mia was the winner of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition in 2017. She is also the recipient of the Eastman School of Music award for her musical achievements during high school. Mia is pursuing a career as a Professional Oboist.


David Kim is the concertmaster and principal violinist for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

March 11, 2018

David Kim, Violin

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2017-18 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin; teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Brevard Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival and School; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; and recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States, including Alaska.

September, he appeared with famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and in December he will be at Carnegie Hall. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia, where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies. Additionally, Mr. Kim serves as Distinguished Artist at the ​Robert McDuffie Center for Strings ​at ​Mercer University ​in Macon, GA, a post that begins in the fall of 2017.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Brevard, MasterWorks (USA), and Pacific (Japan). ​He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate. ​

Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College​. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.


May 6th, 2018

Mimi Hwang,  Cello

Mimi Hwang, cellist from Rochester, NY, is Artistic Director of the Young Artists Program. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prize winner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition. She has performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado, and Ciompi Quartets as well as with the Peabody Trio. As a soloist, Mimi has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of the Cello Divas and Quartos and has appeared in the festivals of Aspen, Banff, Norfolk, Roycroft, and Skaneateles. Currently, Mimi serves on the chamber music faculty at the Eastman School of Music and plays in Amenda Quartet. She has been co-artistic director of the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival. Mimi lives with her two daughters in Brighton, NY.