Yuri Kim - Piano Soloist and Recitalist, Faculty of Mannes School of Music

Yuri Kim - Piano Soloist and Recitalist, Faculty of Mannes School of Music

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Hailed as a “powerful player,” and praised for her “arresting, intelligent,” and “splendid” playing by The New York Times, as well as for the temperament, poetry, and singing quality of her sound. 

Soloist, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Buchon Philharmonic, Taipei National Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and International Sejong Soloists. Collaborations with conductors such as Yoel Levi, Heichiro Oyama, and Vladimir Feltsman.

Recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Amnesty International at Mannes, and in Kuala Lumpur, under the auspices of his royal highness Sultan Salahuddin of Malysia. Appearances at Aspen Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, Round-Top Festival, Shendlee Music Festival, Merano Festival (Italy). Founding member of Polydora Ensemble (vocal quartet and piano).

First prize winner, Virginia National Competition, and Artists International Distinguished Artists Award. Solo and orchestral performances in the United States, Europe and Asia. Recorded for Well-Tempered Productions (National Public Radio Award). TV appearances on Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning feature on Channel 13’s City Arts and on NBC’s Today Show, as well as concert broadcasts on KBS in Korea. Radio appearances on NPR and WQXR, as well as in Korea, Malaysia, and Russia. 

Faculty, International Academy of Music (Italy and Russia), Puigcerda Music Festival (Spain), International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York). Taught at the New Paltz Piano Institute, Special Music School of America, Summit Music Festival, Burgos International Music Festival (Spain), Bizier Music Festival (France), Duxbury Music Festival, and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes.

Her students have won the New York Philharmonic Concerto Competition, as well as the New Jersey Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, and Summit International Music Festival concerto competitions, and have joined the rosters of IMG, and Young Concert Artists. Students have also won first prizes at the Duxbury Music Festival chamber music competition, as well as the Puigcerda Music Festival and Burgos International Music Festival solo competitions in Spain. Other students have joined the faculties at Mannes, The Juilliard School, City University of New York, and Montclair State University, and some have also become leaders in important arts organizations.

Yuri Kim was born in South Korea, and after moving to Malaysia was self-taught for seven years, until receiving an invitation from the Curtis Institute to begin her undergraduate studies in America. A recipient of the prestigious Uris Brothers Foundation Award, she earned her BM, MM, and Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College of Music as a full-scholarship and stipend recipient. She was trained in the Russian pianistic tradition. Piano studies with Nina Svetlanova (pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus), concert pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman, and the legendary Bach interpreter and theorist Edward Aldwell. Chamber music with Felix Galimir and Robert McDonald. Schenkerian analysis with Carl Schachter. Faculty, Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College, since 2008, Mannes College since 1999.