Robyn Xu (Piano) Nate Kim (Violin)
Robyn (Luping) Xu is a Boston-based pianist, harpsichordist, improviser, and educator who is passionate about the discovery and performance of lesser-known and under-represented artists. Ms. Xu is active both domestically and internationally, working as a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser.
Ms. Xu is featured frequently in performing new works by living composers. Recently, she premiered a Solo Cantata “The Binding of Isaac” by Delvyn Case. As a recording artist, she can be heard performing works of C.P.E. Bach with the vocalist David Mather for the Packard Humanities Institute in Boston. As an improviser, she has appeared in a multi-media project “Magia Naturalis” (Natural Magic) with the visual artist Karl Stephan.
Robyn has participated in Longy’s Divergent Studio (U.S.), the Vienna International Pianists Academy, and the Pinerolo Chamber Music Festival (Italy). Ms. Xu received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music and is currently pursuing a graduate performance diploma at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she studies with Donald Berman.
Nate Kim is a member of the Du Bois Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Orchestra, Longy FLEX, and has subbed for the Boise Philharmonic. His chamber music group, Quartet 219 was awarded first prize at the Boise Chamber Music Series Quartet Competition.
Mr. Kim is pursuing a Masters degree in Music Performance and Historical Performance at the Longy, and studies with Paula Majerfeld (violin/viola) and Sarah Darling (baroque violin/baroque viola). He also takes lessons on conducting with Sean Wang and viol with Jane Hershey.
Nate has worked under conductors Keith Lockhart, Benjamin Zander, JoAnn Falletta, Angel Gil-Ordoñez, Christian Zacharias, and Robert Franz. He has played orchestral repertoire from Mozart to Williams, Price, Ives, Revueltas, Adams, and Higdon, and performed four of Beethoven's nine symphonies.
Nate is a teaching assistant at Longy’s renowned El Sistema program, fighting social exclusion by providing high-quality access to music education to students. As an undergraduate Nate helped start a project to fund music lessons for disadvantaged students.