Jung Ja Kim, piano
Concert Date: Tuesday April 15, 2014, 8pm; Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
Program: Ravel Sonatine, Miroirs, Valse nobles et sentimentales; Copland Piano Variations
Biography: Korean-born pianist JUNG-JA KIM has won extraordinary critical acclaim for her pianistic brilliance and rare insight. Early in Ms. Kim's career, she received national recognition in her native land and became a top prizewinner of major competitions. A scholarship to The Juilliard School brought her to the U.S., where her principal teachers were Irwin Freundlich and Ilona Kabos. During her studies at Juilliard, Leonard Bernstein selected Jung-Ja Kim for a televised concerto performance of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts. She also added First Prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition to her long list of accomplishments. Following this were numerous appearances throughout the U.S. as well as a highly successful New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as a winer of Young Concert Artists; the New York Times stated: “A discerning thoughtful, musician. Her phrasing was graceful, her technique fluent. Best of all, her piano sound was consistently beautiful. Brilliant playing…a vibrant, compelling performance.” Since that time, she was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant, which sponsored a series of debut performances in major cities throughout Europe. Ms. Kim has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and the St. Louis Chamber Symphony, and as a recitalist at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston's Gardner Museum and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the piano faculty at the Boston Conservatory.