Fulbright Scholar Moonjung Kim will be giving a guest recital featuring the four Ballades of Chopin on Monday, February 29, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall.
Moonjung Kim has distinguished herself in solo performances, chamber music, and concerto performances across the United States and Europe, as well as in her native South Korea.
Her concert engagements include venues in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, and the United States, including her New York debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall as the Second Prize Winner of the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, and her solo recital in the Schauspielhaus in Berlin.
Kim also performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in Russia and with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and those concerts among others brought her critical acclaim.
Moonjung Kim's achievement in competitions, including the Dong-A National Competition and the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Young Artist Competition, led her to appear in concerts in various cities in Korea, including performances with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kim was awarded the Second Prize of the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in Italy, and became a finalist of the Ima Hogg National Competition and the World Piano Competition in the United States. In 2013, Kim began a new concert series entitled “Pre-talk/Free-talk Concerts,” in which she gave a lecture to the audience before each concert. This new type of concert in Korea has received highly positive response from the public, and her distinguished performances have been featured on numerous occasions in “Musica di Pianoforte,” one of the leading classical music magazines in Korea.
Born in Seoul, Moonjung Kim studied at Seoul National University as a full scholarship student, where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her distinction in the class gained the coveted President’s Award. She completed her doctoral degree at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler, and worked there as an associate instructor for three years.
Kim was an artist teacher in performance and piano literature on the faculties of Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Womans University, and Sangmyoung University. She has been a professor at Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul since 2005, and, for the 2015–16 academic year, she has been engaged as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in Ann Arbor, teaching piano literature classes for undergraduate students.