The 2021 Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (CMS) Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music will be received by the husband and wife duo at Alice Tully Room November 9, 2021.
Both men recognized for their work bringing chamber music to those living in the United States during the pandemic – through digital concerts, educational programs, as well as Chien’s Notes of Hope, who provided music in appreciation for frontline healthcare workers.
Kim and Chien are co-artistic directors of Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest, and Vermont’s Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. Chien is also the founder of Tennessee’s String theory chamber music series and Kim is part of the violin faculty at New England Conservatory.
“Even during the deepest and darkest days of the pandemic, we knew this award should go to those who worked tirelessly to keep the art form flourishing in the face of enormous obstacles,” said the artistic directors. of CMS. David finckel and Wu Han.
“Over the months, Soovin and Gloria set up project after project in several places,” they continued. “As stellar young art directors and performers, they have set an example not only as artists but also as citizens of the world, and for that we should all be truly grateful.”
“As artistic leaders, it is our responsibility to serve our communities, especially in this time of uncertainty,” said dog and Kim in the press release. “Music uplifts and connects, two things we urgently needed during the pandemic.
“We want to share this award with our organizations in Portland, Burlington and Chattanooga,” they continued. “We thank the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society for leading by example in providing invaluable support and guidance to their musicians and an abundance of rich musical offerings to their audiences! “