Youmee Kim, DMA, NCTM
An active performer, pianist Youmee Kim has appeared in over 100 recitals, concerts, masterclasses, and conference presentations in Canada, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, and across the United States. She can be heard on a solo piano CD ‘Journey to America: American Contemporary Piano Music’ (Centaur Records 3631, 2017), which includes Benjamin Lees magnificent ‘Odyssey I and II’ and a world premiere recording of Primosch ‘Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift’. Her solo performances have been described as “wonderfully articulated, terrific, jaw-dropping, magnificent” and "warm, mature, and lyrical" (Benedetto Lupo, pianist). As an active chamber pianist, Dr. Kim recorded ‘Clarinet Fantasies’ with Rebecca Rischin (Centaur Records 3538, 2017), where their performance was described as “...“Kim plays with great suavité allied to great delicacy. Richin has a superb technique and musicality to match” (C. Clarke, Fanfare Magazine) and her collaborative piano performance as "Kim is perfectly supporotive recital partner: imaginative and technically immaculate” (R. Grames; Fanfare Magazine). Her other CDs include ‘Ars Nostra: Persona’ piano duo with S. Lee (Centaur Records 3343, 2014), and ‘Samplings, New Recordings for the Bassoon and Piano’ with M. Morris (MSR Music LLC, 2015). A specialist in American contemporary piano music, she has authored a book ‘An Analysis and Performance Guide to Benjamin Lees' Odyssey I and II’ (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), and is frequently invited to premiere new pieces, including the live New York premier of Perino’s Piano Sonata n.2.
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Kim has more than 10 years of college teaching experience in Applied Piano, Keyboard Repertoire, Chamber Music, Accompanying Class, Advanced Functional Skills, and Class Piano, and served as a judge for the La Pianista International Piano Competition in Taiwan (Chariperson) and World Piano Teachers Associations International Competition. Dr. Kim received degrees from Ewha Womans University in South Korea (BM), Indiana University (MM and Performer Diploma), and The Ohio State University (DMA) in piano performance where she served as a Graduate Teaching Associate. Prior to joining the Wright State University School of Music, Dr. Kim served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Piano at Ohio University, OH.