Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like the only way to get ahead in the world is to be an egotistical jerk?

I’m sure that there probably are a number of self-obsessed bungholes in the upper echelons of every field, but I don’t think you have to act in such a way in order to find success, happiness, and meaningful work.

Say hello to David Kim

Case in point, violinist David Kim has been concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and is one of the most genuine, kind, and open people you’ll ever meet. In this interview, you’ll see his remarkable humility, honesty, and self-awareness on display, as he talks about his own experiences that led him to discover that it is possible to lead effectively with kindness and generosity.

In addition, he shares his insights on…

  • How to practice for onstage confidence, and the results it garners, despite its simplicity.
  • The three phases of practice he goes through in preparation for a performance.
  • The revelation he had one day, that may help you worry less about what other people think.
  • One of his favorite strategies for getting into the zone, passed on to him by his childhood friend, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
  • His vote for the greatest concertmaster of all time.
  • What it means if you see him take his ring off one hand, and put it on the other hand in the middle of a concert.
  • Plus much more…

Listen now

Download (Duration: 40:36 – 58.1MB)


What was your biggest takeaway from this interview? I’m curious to know what stood out most to you; share below in the comments!

Want more David Kim?

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He may very well be performing at a venue near you – check out his schedule of upcoming performances.

Photo credit: Ryan Donnell