Recital featuring L’Etoile Violin Duo at Pucker Gallery

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Date(s) - 04/11/2021
3:00 pm


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Live Stream Event via YouTube
Sunday, 11 April at 3:00 PM ET

Join us for a special online event dedicated to the healing and rebuilding of our community through music, writings and the visual arts. Featuring L’Étoile Violin Duo with Hsin-Lin Tsai and Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, and Guest Artist Danny Kim.




Recital at Distler Performance Hall, Tufts University, 2018

“Art is a meeting place where there are no strangers.”

-Brother Thomas

Art has always been the gravity center around which humankind has reached its greatest achievements. It has helped to broaden cultural horizons, challenge prejudices, provide solace and guidance to overcome difficulties, bringing us all together in the process. As we face multiple challenges in our time, Art must be at the core foundation of our society and be the compass to guide us in our healing efforts. In all its manifestations, Art rises above its specific inflections. Its message eliminates the divisions that separate us, speaking of our common humanity and celebrating it.

Described as “outstanding” (Martín Llade, Melómano music magazine), L’Étoile Violin Duo was created by its members, concert violinists Hsin-Lin Tsai and Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, as a result of their love for chamber music and, in particular, to explore, develop and expand the violin duo literature. Since their début in 2004, they perform throughout the United States, Europe and Taiwan. The Duo’s activities include invitations from the Instituto Cervantes of New York City and its Director, distinguished writer Antonio Muñoz Molina, to present Spain in Chamber Music, a four-recital cycle; performances on the European Day of Music celebrations in live radio broadcasts throughout Europe; and CD recordings with the RTVE MUSICA label, of the National Radio of Spain.

Their elegant, artistic style, superb ensemble technique, and unique ability to bring the personality of music they perform to life, have earned them the admiration of music critics and peer musicians, who have described their playing as “sublime.” Their versatility is illustrated by their wide repertoire, ranging from the Baroque period to the music of our time. In this particular respect, the L’Étoile Duo has an unwavering commitment to the championing of new works. Read Thomas, David Lefkowitz, Michael Ippolito and eminent Spanish composer José Zárate are among the contemporary composers whose music is at the core of L’Étoile’s mission, always present in each of their concert programs. The new works they perform cover a broad scope, from abstract tonal and minimalist music to the meter-less expressionistic style best represented by Zárate’s “Little Nice Pieces”, dedicated and written for L’Étoile and premièred in 2010. It is this conviction in music of our present day that has prompted composers from around the world to approach L’Étoile to perform their violin duo works.

Besides performing, the L’Étoile Violin Duo is committed to education. Both members are dedicated teachers whose students are First Prize winners and laureates in national and international competitions. Through master classes, workshops, presentations and outreach concerts, L’Étoile exposes audiences of all social and cultural backgrounds to a kaleidoscope of extraordinary music, fostering communication, collaboration and understanding of music. For more information, please visit


Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-2017 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-18 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his master of music degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Having begun his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, he transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher.

Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. As a teacher, he was in residence with El Sistema in Caracas and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, Minnesota. Mr. Kim also appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children’s Museum.

As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet, and has collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, among others. Mr. Kim toured South Korea in 2014 with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and violist Richard O’Neill, and was also a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra while earning his undergraduate degree. He was also one of the first musicians to participate in the Boston Symphony-Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra musician exchange, joining the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany during the 2018-19 season. Recently Mr. Kim joined the Boston University College of Fine Arts faculty as a Lecturer in Music.

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