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Pianist Michael Kim has brought audiences to their feet with his outstanding technique and refined artistry. A gifted performer, he has been praised by The Globe and Mail for his “consistently high level of professionalism and musicality.”
Mr. Kim is the recipient of a multitude of awards, including the grand-prize of the Canadian Music Competition and the CBC National Radio Competition for Young Performers. He was also silver medallist at the Scottish International Competition in Glasgow and a prize winner in the Leeds and Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competitions. An artistic scholar, Dr. Kim received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from The Juilliard School, where he held the Vladimir Horowitz Piano Scholarship. Upon graduation, Michael quickly took a professorship at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI.
Michael has toured extensively in North America, South America, the United Kingdom and Korea. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Boston and Cincinnati Pops, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Oklahoma City, Orchestra London, the Florida Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others . Michael's touring history also includes highlights such as being invited to tour Peru with Orchestra Sinfonica de Trujillo and the UK with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Michael has performed at the festivals of Brevard, Aspen, Banff, Huntsville, and Heifetz (Annapolis, MD) to name a few. He also frequently collaborates with his wife, pianist Kyungran Kim, in a special four hand - one piano program and is the pianist for the highly successful production The Schumann Letters which has toured across the country. This season, highlights include a tour of the Atlantic region with his new recital program titled Evolution of the Piano. In addition, he will appear as concerto soloist with the Winnipeg and Vancouver Island Symphonies.
Michael can be heard on recordings for the Arktos, CRI, and Summit labels. He has recorded three compact discs for Orpheum Masters, featuring the Ballades of Grieg and Chopin, a live recital from Lawrence University, and works of Franz Liszt. Michael's performances are broadcast frequently on the radio networks of CBC, NPR, KBS, Chicago WFMT's Live From Studio One and both BBC Radio and Television.
In August 2008, Dr. Kim was appointed Dean of Brandon University's School of Music, in Brandon Manitoba.
"Plays with the technical assurance and platform poise of a veteran of the concert circuit."
- THE TORONTO STAR
"It was incredibly exciting and exhilarating, and beautifully balanced."
- THE HERALD, Glasgow
"Kim was most effective and expressive, he has a big technique and a razor-sharp attack."
- THE BOSTON GLOBE
"Kim’s clear, crisp technique and ability to effortlessly ripple through the brilliant passage work stood him in good stead here, the concerto’s steely moments clearly etched and sharply outlined." [Prokofiev Second Concerto]
- THE CALGARY HERALD
"Kim’s solo passages presented a fascinating mixture of jauntiness and introspection. This impressive performance received a well-earned standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience."
- THE PRESS-GAZETTE, Green Bay
"There was a consistently high level of professionalism and musicality"
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto
“Kim creates an exciting atmosphere with his dramatically propulsive style and fine sense of pacing.”
- THE WHOLENOTE Magazine
“Kim not so much stole the show as set the joint on fire with his electrifying performance... The standing ovation and audience cheers confirmed that this indeed had been one of those special once-a-season performances.” [Tchaikovsky Concerto]
Richard Adinsell Warsaw Concerto Bach Concerto BWV 1056, BWV 1058, BWV 1052 & BWV 1055 Bartok Concerto No. 1 Beethoven All Concerti & The Choral Fantasy Brahms Concerto Nos. 1 & 2 Chopin Concerto Nos. 1 & 2, Grande Chopin Polonaise & Andante Spinato Debussy Fantasie Fauré Ballade, Op. 19 Franck Variations Symphoniques Gershwin Concerto in F major & Rhapsody in Blue Grieg Concerto Haydn Concerto in D, Hob XVIII/11 William Jordan Concerto for Piano and Strings Liszt Concerto Nos. 1 & 2, Liszt Totentanz, Malediction Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 Mozart Concerto K. 271, K. 414, K. 466 & K. 467 Poulenc Aubade for Piano and 18 Instruments Prokofiev Concerto Nos. 2 & 3 Rachmaninov All Concerti & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Ravel Concerto in G major & Concerto for the Left Hand Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2 & Wedding Cake Schumann Concerto in a minor Shostakovich Concerto Nos. 1 & 2 Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds Strauss Burlesque Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1
Recital repertoire available upon request Master classes and workshops available Other concerti available upon request