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Paul Sanho Kim, Music Director

Dr. Paul Sanho Kim, Music Director, Orchestra of the Eastern Shore

Conductor, composer, and violinist Paul Sanho Kim is an associate professor at Old Dominion Universityís Diehn School of Music. There he coordinates the strings area, teaches conducting and violin, and directs the ODU Symphony Orchestra, which had the honor of performing at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in 2022. Kim is also music director of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore and the symphony orchestra conductor of the Czech Music Camp for Youth. He has led performances with the Virginia Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony, and university orchestras across the U.S. and in China. Kim was also a conductor for Eurythmics star Dave Stewart and his Rock Fabulous Orchestra. A scholar of the music of Carl Roskott, Kim was conductor and producer for the album Carl Roskott: Works for Violin, released by Centaur Records.

The composer of over thirty works, Kim recently premiered his piano trio 7/7 as the Virginia Music Teachers Associationís 2022 Commissioned Composer. Other performances include the premiere of Itís Raining Cats and Dogs by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in February 2023; Perseverance for orchestra and drum set, performed by Virginia Beachís Symphonicity; and Where Darkness Meets Light for violin and cello, performed at the Chrysler Museum of Art and at the 2017 Glass Art Society Conference to critical acclaim. Kimís arrangements of Radiohead songs for string quintet SYBARITE5 have been performed on NPRís Performance Today as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Aspen; they are available on SYBARITE5ís album Everything in Its Right Place. As a violinist, Kim is a member of the Roanoke Symphony and has performed with the Virginia Symphony and Maryland Symphony as well as internationally.

Dr. Kim holds graduate conducting degrees at Shenandoah Conservatory and the University of Maryland, as well as an M.A. in music and a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Virginia. Kim also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.