Andrew Kwan Artists Management

MICHAEL KIM

PIANO

 

 

“Kim creates an exciting atmosphere with his dramatically propulsive style and fine sense of pacing.”

- THE WHOLENOTE Magazine

BIOGRAPHY

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. In 2015, Dr. Kim was appointed Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music. He served as Dean of Brandon University's School of Music, in Manitoba from 2008-2015.

 

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. Michael Kim was also the pianist for the highly successful production The Schumann Letters which has toured across the county.

 

October 2016

REVIEWS

"Kim was most effective and expressive, he has a big technique and a razor-sharp attack."

- THE BOSTON GLOBE

 

"Plays with the technical assurance and platform poise of a veteran of the concert circuit."

- THE TORONTO STAR

 

"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

 

"It was incredibly exciting and exhilarating, and beautifully balanced."

- THE HERALD, Glasgow

 

"There was a consistently high level of professionalism and musicality"

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto

 

"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 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]

- THE LEADER-POST, Regina

 

“Kim creates an exciting atmosphere with his dramatically propulsive style and fine sense of pacing.”

- THE WHOLENOTE Magazine

PHOTOS

Photography

Ken Frazier

 

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PREFERRED CONCERTO LIST
2015-18

Richard Adinsell

Warsaw Concerto

 

Bach

Concerto BWV 1056, BWV 1058, BWV 1052, BWV 1055

 

Bartók

Concerto No. 1

 

Beethoven

All Concerti

Choral Fantasy

 

Brahms

Concerto No. 1 & No. 2

 

Chopin

Concerto No. 1 & No. 2

Grande Concerto

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 No. 1 & No. 2

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 No. 2 & No. 3

 

Rachmaninov

All Concerti

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

 

Ravel

Concerto in G Major

Concerto for the Left Hand

 

Saint-Saëns

Concerto No. 2

"Wedding Cake"

 

Schumann

Concerto in a minor

 

Shostakovich

Concerto No. 1 & No. 2

 

Stravinsky

Concerto for Piano and Winds

 

Strauss

Burlesque

 

Tchaikovsky

Concerto No. 1

 

*Denotes Canadian composer

Recital repertoire available upon request

Master classes and workshops available

Other concerti available upon request

DISCOGRAPHY

Ballads of Grieg and Chopin

Orpheum Masters KSP840

 

Live in Recital
(works by Chopin, Stravinsky & Mussorgsky)

Orpheum Masters KSP850

 

Music of Franz Liszt

Orpheum Masters KSP880

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