Ahran Kate Kim
Korean American pianist, Ms.Kim, studied at the Korea National University of Arts Pre-College with Dae-Jin Kim in Korea. Throughout her childhood she won several competitions, having her first public debut at age 11 at the YoungSan Art Hall with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2003, Ms. Kim immigrated to the US and continued with her studies in the Juilliard Pre-college division under the tutelage of Victory Mushkatkol and Matti Raekallio. She received awards and honors with the opportunity to perform at prestigious concert halls such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as well as Lincoln Center. Ms.Kim studied with various artists and performed in several festivals, including: France Music Festival, Orford Music Festival, Piano Summer in New Paltz, Manhattan in the mountain and Brevard Music Festival.
Ms. Kim completed her Bachelor’s degree at New England Conservatory, studying under Alexander Korsantia. While attending NEC, she received the Bertha L. Harris Scholarship. She then received her Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, studying under Joanne Polk. Currently, she is in the process of getting her DMA at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, studying under Dr. Min Kwon.
Teaching piano has been a longtime passion of Ms. Kim, as she began teaching while she was still in highschool. She had the privilege of working side by side with her mother, who is a pianist and teacher. She is currently part of the Extension Division faculty in the Rutgers University and Lindeblad School of Music faculty.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Kim has been a steady and dedicated volunteer performer at the Buckingham Norwood Care and Rehabilitation Center since 2006.