Theresa Kim, Piano
FoundING Director 


Performances have taken pianist Theresa Ja-Young Kim on tour throughout the United States and abroad to 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.

Kim has garnered top prizes in competitions such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Auditions, Ibla Grand Prix, Corpus Christi International Competition, Young Keyboard Artists Associations International Competition, and the Young Artist Competition of New Jersey. Appearances as soloist with orchestra include collaborations with conductors Jahja Ling, Zdenek Macal, Mariusz Smolij, Anthony Aibel, and Neal Gittleman with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Seoul University National Orchestra, Ureuk Symphony, BRNO Philharmonic, The National Orchestra of Pyongyang, and The Juilliard Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she was the pianist of the Miraflores Trio, which was hailed by the Santa Barbara Independent as “the hit ensemble of this year,” whose Brahms was “soaring and glorious.”

A prodigious talent, 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. Dr. Kim also earned a Master and Doctor of Education degrees from Columbia University Teachers College.  Since 2002, she has maintained an active practice as an educator, having been on the faculty of the 92nd St. Y Music School and Chamber Music Associates.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Kaufman Center, Merkin Concert Hall and is a member of the NY Junior League.