D.M., Northwestern University, Piano Performance
M.M., University of Michigan, Piano Performance
Specialist Degree, University of Michigan, Chamber Music
B.M., Seoul National University, South Korea, Piano Performance
An active chamber musician and collaborator, pianist Kay Kim performs over 50 concerts a year both domestically and internationally. She has served as a conductor’s rehearsal pianist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has accompanied such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Andrey Boreyko, Stephane Deneve, Leonidas Kavacos, Hannah Chang, Ian Bostrich, Mathieu Dufour and Branford Marsalis. Ms. Kim also performs with the Stradivari Society artists and is an active performer with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. She has appeared on the CBS ‘Early Show’ with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and in recitals with violinist Soovin Kim, hornist Gail Williams, clarinetists Karl Leister, Mark Nuccio and Philippe Cuper, flutist Carol Wincenc, and oboist Elaine Douvas. Ms. Kim has been heard on WFMT radio broadcasts performing in the company’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, as well as on the First Monday Series with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series and on WFMT-produced Impromptu with the winners of the Barnett Foundation Competition. As a member of the musical ambassador group, Trio Chicago and Friends since 2006, Ms. Kim has toured internationally with them presenting a comprehensive array of American music in Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Djibouti, Paraguay, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, New Guinea and Botswana. In March 2012, the group was invited by China Radio International to perform in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China which resulted in normalized relations between the two countries.
During her appointment as a lecturer in collaborative piano at Northwestern University from 2006-2009, Ms. Kim performed annually in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center. In 2011, Ms. Kim recorded with the winners of the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition on MSR Classics label, and is engaged for a second recording with the label again this year. Her concert and teaching tour with bassoonist William Ludwig also continues this season, and she is returning to the International Alessi Trombone Seminar during the summer. In the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Kim will take part in a U.S. domestic concert and teaching tour with her colleague and mentor, Gail Williams along with Daniel Perantoni upon the release of a new chamber music recording titled Conversations on Summit Records.
Ms. Kim currently serves as the full-time staff pianist and instructor of collaborative piano at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She is also an adjunct chamber music faculty member at Northwestern University. Her previous teaching and staff pianist positions include: the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University; Northwestern University; the Juilliard School; the Perlman Music Program; and Music in the Marche in Italy.
A native of South Korea, Ms. Kim’s teachers were Jung-Kyu Kim, Louis Nagel, Anton Nel, David Kaiserman and James Giles.