Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30", South Korean-born violinist David Baik is noted for his powerful yet sincere sound. Baik is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2023 Peter-Mendell Award from the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation, Grand Prize at the 2021 NAC Bursary Competition, consecutive First Prizes at the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Music Competition, Sturdevant Prize, Gerhard Kander Graduating Award, and the Gabriella Dory Prize. In 2021, he received the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Recently, Baik was named a winner of the 2023 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank competition.
Baik recently obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Jonathan Crow. He participated in lessons and masterclasses with many internationally renowned musicians, including James Ehnes, Midori Goto, Mathieu Herzog, Ani Kavafian, Paul Kantor, Martin Beaver, Alexander Kerr, and Kathleen Winkler, as well as the New Orford String Quartet, Dover Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Quatuor Diotima, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the Alban Berg Quartet. Currently based in Montreal, Baik is a fellowship recipient at the Schulich School of Music, working with Andrew Wan.
An active soloist, Baik’s recent highlights include recitals presented by the DOMS concert series and the Isabel Bader Centre, a guest soloist with the Durham Chamber Orchestra, as well as a performance at the National Commemorative Ceremony in honour of Queen Elizabeth II as an invited solo artist. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the North York Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.
As an avid chamber musician, his notable collaborations include performances with Camden Shaw, Charles Richard Hamelin, Jennifer Koh, Andrew Wan, Desmond Hoebig, Jonathan Crow, and Philip Chiu. In 2023, his string quartet participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) in Montreal. He has also served as the concertmaster of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.
Baik has made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Domaine Forget Music Festival, and recently, he was an emerging artist fellow at the Toronto Summer Music festival.
David Baik performs on the 1871 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.