Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Announces Recipients of the
2021 CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music
Violinist Soovin Kim and Pianist Gloria Chien
Award Ceremony November 9, 2021 at Alice Tully Hall
New York, November 2, 2021 — The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center announced today that violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien have been named the recipients of the 2021 CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music. The award is to be presented on November 9 on stage at Alice Tully Hall, after the intermission of that evening’s concert, “Chopin: Voice of the Poet,” an all-Chopin program performed by pianists Michael Brown and Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ani Kavafian, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.
“Even during the deepest and darkest days of the pandemic, we knew that this award should go next to those who were working tirelessly to keep the art form thriving in the face of tremendous odds,” said David Finckel and Wu Han, co-artistic directors of CMS. “It was not long after the shutdown that we became aware of this couple’s aggressive, unstoppable and truly inspired efforts to bring great music to people in times of intense need. As the months wore on, Soovin and Gloria mounted project after project in multiple locations, from their home in Boston to their series in Chattanooga, Portland, and Vermont. As young artistic directors (and stellar performers) they have set an example not only as artists but citizens of the world, and for that, we should all be truly grateful.”