SooJung Kim (Age: 29)
Korean pianist, SooJung Kim , has appeared as a soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician in Asia, North America and abroad, including at Ward Recital Hall, Gould Rehearsal Hall at the Curtis Institute, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, LeClerc Hall, Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Korea National University of Arts Concert Hall, Yeong San Arts Center and Korean Times Arts Center.
As a winner of International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C as well as the best performance prize of “Ballad” by Li-ly Chang, Ms. Kim has won top prizes at all the major national competitions, some of which are the Samich&Bechstein Competition (First Prize), Korea Music Association Competition (First Prize), Korea Times Competition (First Prize), the Teenager Artist Musical Competition (Third Prize), Seoul Competition (Second Prize) and Nan Pa Hong Korea Famous Composer Competition (Third Prize).
After completed Bachelor and Masters of music, Ms. Kim is attending in Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University under Yong Hi Moon, where she is a recipient of the Leon Fleisher Scholars Funds and Catherine Laura Stevens Mehr Memorial Scholarship. Her primary studies were with Benjamin Pasternack, Korean virtuoso pianist Dae Jin Kim and Mi Kyung Kim at Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School and Korea National University of Arts in the Preparatory Division. SooJung has taken master classes with notable artists, John O’Conor, Karl Heinz Kammerling, Hans Leygraf, Peter Frankl, Kevin Kenner, Martin Canin, Robert McDonald and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Along with all her accomplishments, a mayor and South Korea's former president, Myung Bak Lee, supports her studies since 2005. She will be back to Peabody with her second master in both Vocal accompanying and Music Theory Pedagogy in the fall 2018 and will serve as full- time Graduate Assistant in accompanying.