Michael Kim

2013 Adjudicator

Classical music (piano) 
Michael Kim

Michael KimAppointed Dean and Professor of Music at Brandon University beginning August 2008, Dr. Michael Kim maintains a multi-faceted career as an academic administrator, professor, and concert artist.

Dr. Kim was formerly Chair of the Keyboard Department and Faculty Associate to the President at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI). As an administrator at LU, he played a key role in defining and integrating its Senior Experience program across all academic departments on campus, led faculty workshops for Lawrence’s Freshman Studies program, and was actively engaged in key institutional fundraising, marketing, student recruitment/retention, community outreach, and reaccreditation initiatives.

This past season saw Michael in performances throughout Canada alongside renowned actor Colin Fox, and soprano Susan Gilmour Bailey in The Schumann Letters – a unique interdisciplinary collaboration of theatre, lieder, and piano music which was also broadcast nationally on CBC radio.

He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Boston and Cincinnati Pops, and with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Oklahoma City, Orchestra London, the Florida Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Michael has toured Peru with Orchestra Sinfonica de Trujillo, and the U.K. with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony, performances that were broadcast on BBC radio and television. Dr. Kim has also been a featured soloist with the summer festival orchestras of Brevard, Banff, and Huntsville.

As a recitalist, Dr. Kim has performed in every major Canadian city, and throughout the U.S., U.K., South America, and Asia, also touring three times for the Canadian based Piano Six, most notably as a last minute replacement for Marc Andre Hamelin. He frequently collaborates with wife pianist Kyung Kim, and sister violinist Helen Kim, with many of these performances being frequently broadcast on the radio networks of CBC, BBC, NPR, KBS, and Chicago’s Live From WFMT. He has also been a featured artist at the summer festivals of Ottawa, Parry Sound, Brevard, Aspen, Banff, Clear Lake, Huntsville, Heifetz (Annapolis, MD), and Niagara, collaborating with such artists as James Ehnes, Edgar Meyer, James Campbell, Shauna Rolston, Jens Lindemann, the Aeolian Winds, and the New Orford and New Zealand String Quartets.

Born in Quebec City, Michael began piano studies at age 11, and by 15, had made his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Banff Festival of the Arts. A graduate of the Academy of Music at Mount Royal University (Calgary, AB), he completed undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary under Marilyn Engle. Other studies were with Robin Wood at the University of Victoria, Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West, and summer sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Dr. Kim holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where he held the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship studying with Herbert Stessin, and was teaching assistant to David Dubal.

A recipient of countless awards, he was silver medalist in the 1992 Scottish International Competition in Glasgow, and a prize winner in the Leeds and Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competitions. Grand prizewinner of the Canadian Music and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio Competitions, Dr. Kim was awarded numerous Arts Study, Project, and Touring Office grants from the Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In 1994, he was recipient of Canada Council’s prestigious Career Development award.

Dr. Kim can be heard on recordings for the Arktos, CRI, and Summit labels. He has recorded three compact discs for Orpheum Masters, featuring the Ballades of Grieg and Chopin, a live recital from Lawrence University, and works of Franz Liszt. OPUS magazine praised his “Live in Recital” CD for its “tour de force performances, full of virtuosity and musicality.”