Described as “a commanding presence at the keyboard” by music critics, Soyoung Kim has won the affections of audiences with her richly colored and vibrant playing.  She has performed in numerous international festivals and recitals.  She was chosen to perform in a series of concerts in Toulouse and Carcassonne, as well as being presented in recital in New York City at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation.  She was subsequently invited back for another series of concerts in 2005, in France, Italy and New York City.  She has also performed in recitals at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington D.C., the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the Thomas Jefferson Library in Monticello, the Cultural Arts Museum in Gijón, Spain, the International Music Festival of Sion Valais in Switzerland, and at the Schola Cantorum in France.  Solo and chamber music performances have taken her to Los Angeles, Baltimore, Taos, New Mexico, and Long Beach, Mississippi for chamber music with the established Momenta Quartet.  Soyoung has cultivated her mature and unique presence at the keyboard with renowned artists.  She has worked with Andrew Harley, Julian Martin, Dominique Merlet, Robert McDonald, and the late Marek Jablonski.  Soyoung holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the direction of Boris Slutsky, and a Master of Music degree (cum laude) from the University of Southern California.  She has taught piano at the Garrison Forest School in Maryland and most recently at the United Nations International School in New York City.

In her spare time, Soyoung enjoys hiking with her dog, Paco de Lucia, and is a volunteer sawyer and trail builder for the US Forest Service.


photos by Kathy Minh Bach/Kaarem