SC State’s Guest Piano Recital to Feature Korean-American Pianist

Monday, January 28, 2013

Orangeburg, S.C. –SC State University will host a guest piano recital on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall.  Dr. Misha Kim, classical concert artist and music educator, will be performing solo works by famous piano composers Robert Schumann, Leos Janacek, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Kim inherited rich and versatile culture from three continents. Since age 5, she has performed for the public in Korea- her native country, where she won first prize at every major piano competition, including the Dong-A Daily News Music Competition, where she became the youngest first prize winner in history. Kim made her official debut at the age of 12 with Seoul City Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea.

She later received an invitation with a full scholarship from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, and The British Council, to pursue further musical education in Europe. She has worked with Fou Ts'ong, András Schiff for piano, Amadeus Quartet, Hamish Milne and György Pauk for chamber music, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and King's College London University with highest distinction. After working with Michel Béroff in Paris, she entered the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München to complete Meisterklassendiplom, the highest degree in music in Germany. While in Europe, she made appearances as a soloist and chamber musician, and participated in master classes and music festivals in various cities.

Kim has acquired her doctoral degree in musical arts at the University of Texas at Austin. While in Texas, she was actively involved in many musical projects around the Austin area and at UT - working on new American music with local composers, instrumentalists and singers; participating in music leadership programs; and becoming involved with outreach activities for the general public including underprivileged children.

Moving back to Korea with her family in 2010, Kim has served as the chair of piano department and a piano professor at the Korea Conservatory in Seoul. Currently, as a lecturer of piano at Yonsei University and Ehwa Womans University, on piano faculty at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center Music Academy and an artistic director of ensemble M&F, she actively divides her time in various musical and social functions throughout the US and Asia.

The SC State University piano recital is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Jacob Clark at (803) 536-8830, or jclark16@scsu.edu