Classical musicians Bomsori Kim and Drew Petersen, perform for the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society on Feb. 18. Courtesy images.
Classical music fans looking to hear two of the genre’s rising stars can do just that at the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society next performance, as the organization presents the only San Francisco Bay Area concert featuring violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Drew Petersen. On Sunday, February 18, the pair will perform a program that includes Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. 

Kim, a 28-year-old South Korean violinist, has firmly established herself as one of the eminent, rising stars of the international concert stage. Kim won 4th Sendai International Music Competition in 2010, becoming the youngest winner of the competition, and is also a major prize winner at the Wieniawski, Montreal, Joseph Joachim, Tchaikovsky, Sendai, Sibelius and Qingdao Violin Competitions.

Petersen, 24, was honored as the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Award, as well as the Leeds International Piano Competition; Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition; New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Petersen began his career as a pianist at an early age, first at Carnegie Hall at age 5 and later performing a solo recital at 9 years old for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary at Steinway Hall in New York City. Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard at age 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and completed both his undergraduate and graduate music studies at The Juilliard School. A documentary short by filmmaker Kim A. Snyder, “Just Normal,” (see video below) follows a 10-year-old Petersen and conductor Lukas Foss as the two prepared for Petersen’s 2004 performance at the Music Festival of the Hamptons in Bridgehampton, New York.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Mill Valley Chamber Music Society was founded in 1973 to present exceptional classical musicians in Mill Valley at affordable ticket prices. For its 2017-18 season, the organization has kept a new wrinkle it unveiled last year: offering free admission for young adults 18-years old and under (audiences members 15 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult).

​The 411: The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Drew Petersen on Sunday, February 18 at 5pm at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave. Tix $35 for general admission, under 18 free. MORE INFO & TIX.