Theresa Kim, Piano
FoundING Director 

 

A prodigious talent, Dr. Theresa Ja-Young Kim made her debut with the Seoul National University Orchestra when she was ten years old. That year, she was admitted to the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School, where she later attained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal. Additionally, she holds Master's and Doctor of Education degrees from Columbia University Teachers College.  

Currently, she sits on the Advisory Board of the Kaufman Center, Merkin Concert Hall and is a member of the New York Junior League.  Her research articles have been published in School Music News, Illinois Music Educator, and Georgia Music News.  She has also served on panels and presented her scholarship in lectures and workshops at The Juilliard School, Mannes School, West Virginia University, Penn State, UC Irvine, and at the MTNA and Artist as Citizen conferences.  She is the founder of International Music Sessions.

As a concert pianist, Kim has toured throughout the United States and abroad in North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Hungary, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, and the Czech Republic.  She has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestra in venues including David Geffen Hall, The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, The Staller Center, Alice Tully Hall, John Harms Theatre, Morristown South Street Theatre, Count Basie and Crescent Theatres, the State Theatre of New Jersey, Newark Symphony Hall, and the Yamaha Salon.  She has garnered top prizes in competitions such as the NJSO Auditions, Ibla Grand Prix, Corpus Christi International Competition, Young Keyboard Artists Associations International Competition, and the Young Artist Competition. Appearances as soloist with orchestra include collaborations with conductors Jahja Ling, Zdenek Macal, Mariusz Smolij, Anthony Aibel, and Neal Gittleman with the NJSO, Seoul University National Orchestra, Ureuk Symphony, BRNO Philharmonic, The National Orchestra of Pyongyang, and The Juilliard Orchestra.