Yerin Kim, piano
Praised by the International Piano Magazine as “pianist of beautiful finesse and golden tone”, pianist Yerin Kim is a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She has given concerts in various festivals and recitals in major venues internationally, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, Place Flagey in Brussels and Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Her solo debut album "First and Last Words", works by Robert Schumann and Alfred Schnittke, was released by the Sheva Collection Label in Spring in 2019. Phoenix Classical, one of the foremost promoters of Classical recordings across the world, remarked on the album as “powerful and engaging, very poetic and expressive with some truly original interpretive insights, all performed with a great technique”. The album has garnered critical acclaim from major classical music magazines, including the International Piano Magazine, Fanfare Magazine, and The Whole Note Magazine. Partnering with her husband, Brendan Shea, performances have been broadcasted on Klara Continuo in Belgium, PBC in Seoul, WUFT Classic in the USA and has been praised by the Calgary Herald as “lively, ebullient, and spikily accentuated performance”. Their debut performance in Seoul, South Korea was recorded live and published by Ark Studio in 2016. Their latest project, “The Sound and the Fury”, was released in 2021 by the Blue Griffin records and have remarked by major magazines as "rich and intimate(BBC)", "exquisitely as a team..gives way to a radiant purity(String Magazine)", "deeply musical, expressive character and spiritual fusion (Classical Music Sentinel)". (www.shea-kimduo.com)
As a regular lecturer and guest artist, Kim performs and gives talks on promoting awareness of the power of music in the community that it serves. She has been invited to give lectures for prominent educators and students at Indiana University Bloomington, the Nantucket Project, MTNA South Bend Music Teachers Association, and the Universal Arts Institute, S. Korea. Committed to bringing inspiring concert programs and classical music experience to a broader audience, she founded and directs Sensory Friendly Music and Autism Concert Series, serving music to autistic individuals in New York, St.Louis, and South Bend. She is also Co-artistic Director with violinist Brendan Shea of Chamber Music in the Bend, programming high quality chamber music education and performing chamber music concerts for the community.
Kim is equally passionate in teaching and has been teaching a diverse group of students from many parts of the world. She is the head of Keyboard Studies at Central Washington University and directs the keyboard program where she teaches solo piano, chamber music, and collaborative piano. Prior to joining Central Washington University, she taught at the University of Notre Dame and at Chugye University for the Arts Conservatory in South Korea as Visiting Professor of Piano. She also enjoys pre-college teaching and has taught talented young students from pre-college programs at Indiana University Bloomington and State University of New York Stony Brook. Kim holds a Double Degree in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin conservatory and college, a Master of Music from Indiana University Bloomington, and Doctor of Musical Arts from State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her mentors and teachers include Hans Boepple, Seunghae Choi, Haewon Song, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Gilbert Kalish