Two virtuosos join forces for this recital program by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violinist Eunice Kim and double bassist Xavier Foley that has captivated audiences in their tours across America. Kim and Foley began their musical journey as students at the famed Curtis Institute, where they began improvising together. They perform a sparkling mix of works from a variety of eras and cultures, including Baroque, Irish, Latin, and works by Xavier Foley himself.
Eunice Kim is no stranger to Twin Cities audiences, as a high-profile member of the SPCO. Called “just superb” by The New York Times, she recently made solo debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Louisville Symphony, and she toured Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany and South Korea with the ensemble “Curtis On Tour.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim is an avid chamber musician, who performs regularly at noted festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Music From Angel Fire, Taos School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival.
Double bassist and composer Xavier Foley is renowned for his dynamism and virtuosity on the bass, as well as for his compositions. The winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Foley was recently co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a work entitled “For Justice and Peace” for violin, bass, and string orchestra, which was performed at Carnegie Hall with Eunice Kim as violin soloist as part of a program designed to promote social justice. “For Justice and Peace” was also performed at the Ordway Concert Hall in by the Sphinx Virtuosi in February of 2020 as a co-presentation of the four organizations of the Arts Partnership.
“Together, the two musicians become much more than a duet.”