Dasol Kim, piano
Korean pianist Dasol Kim brings “a refined artistry of incredible maturity” to his performances (North Germany Review). A sought-after soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic in Seoul, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, Concerto Budapest, and the Belgium National Orchestra. He has performed with notable conductors, including Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, Michael Sanderling, Marin Alsop, and Li Xincao. Mr. Kim has performed at festivals including La Roque d’Antheron in France, the Kissinger Sommer in Germany, and the Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea. A frequent chamber player, he partners with prominent musicians including cellist David Geringas, violinist Svetlin Roussev, violist Maxim Rysanov, cellist Myung Wha Chung, and YCA’s violinist Paul Huang, among others. Winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Kim makes recital debuts this season in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Korean Concert Society Prize, and in New York, sponsored by the Peter Jay Sharp Concert Prize. This season, Mr. Kim also appears at the Port Washington Library in NY and the Paramount Theatre in Vermont. Other accolades include First Prize in the 2011 Epinal International Piano Competition in France, and Second Prize in the 2012 Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. He currently holds the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of YCA. He graduated from the Hannover Music School in Germany, where he studied with Arie Vardi and Gerald Fauth. His debut CD, “Dasol Kim Plays Schumann,” was released in May 2015 on the Universal Music Korea label.
Satchidananda Panda, a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory, is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock in a mouse model system. The biological clock, or circadian oscillator in most organisms, coordinates behavior and physiology with the natural light-dark cycle. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics, and biochemical approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. His lab also tries to characterize the mechanism by which the circadian oscillator is synchronized to the natural light-dark condition. Both classical rod/cone photoreceptors and a newly identified ocular photopigment melanopsin participate in photoentrainment of the clock. Research in his lab is geared towards identifying molecular components and events critical for transmitting light information from the eye to the master oscillator in the brain.