Violinists Helen Kim and Emerson Millar have been appointed associate and second assistant concertmaster respectively 

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The Seattle Symphony (SSO) has announced two new violinists joining its first violin section this season.  

Helen Kim and Emerson Millar will join the SSO as the Clowes family associate concertmaster and second assistant concertmaster.  

Helen Kim was previously the associate principal second violin of the San Franscisco Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2022. Kim made her solo debut aged eight and since then has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. Kim has also made concerto appearances with orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.  

Emerson Millar joins the SSO after serving as co-concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida since 2018. Millar has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Nashville Symphony and served as concertmaster of the New World Symphony, the Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation and as the Associate Concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony. A graduate of the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Millar is the recipient of New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and won the 2018 New World Symphony concerto competition.  

The new appointments follow the announcement that associate principal second violin Michael Miropolsky is retiring from the SSO after being with the orchestra for 31 years.  

In a statement the SSO said: ‘The Seattle Symphony also warmly acknowledges the decades of musical contributions from two retiring musicians, Michael Miropolsky and [flautist] Judy Washburn Kriewall.’ 

The SSO 2022/23 season boasts performances from recent The Strad featured artists Abel Selaocoe and Augustin Hadelich