Pianist Dr. Eloise Kim is a performing artist and passionate music educator. As a performer, she was praised by the Washington's Post The Columbian, as a “musician with great poetic phrasing and poised lyrical nature." Kim has been a featured artist at the Colburn Contemporary Ensemble concerts in Los Angeles, The Best of Colburn winter concert series in Three Rivers, California, and the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation Young Artist Series in New York City. Kim has soloed concerti with the Vancouver Symphony (USA), Jefferson Symphony in Colorado, and the Columbia and Beaverton Symphony Orchestras in Oregon.
Dr. Kim has won numerous award recognitions, including grand-prize of the Pinault International Piano Competition where she had her Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut, semi-finalist of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and a finalist of the New York International Piano Competition. Kim won top prizes in the Lennox, Kingsville, WPPC (dedicated to Leon Fleisher), and Jefferson Young Artists International piano competitions. In 2014, Kim was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award, one of only 20 young artists in the United States to receive this award of a total of $100,000 scholarship for her graduate studies. She has also been a scholarship recipient of the Chopin National Foundation of the United States, a featured young artist at the Chamber Music Northwest, and a recipient of the Beaux Arts Society Award in Portland, Oregon.
As an active chamber musician, Dr. Kim was one of the six finalist groups of the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition where the Kim-Garbot Duo made their duo debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. She was also a member of the Areta Piano Trio (2015-17) at Manhattan School of Music. The Areta Piano Trio performed in several outreach concerts together and was also one of the winners of the 2016 Lillian-Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.
Kim has participated and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Lake George Chamber Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre, Banff Music Centre, and "Art of the Piano" Festival, studying with renowned instructors including Jean-David Coen, John O’Conor, Lee Kum Sing, Marc Durand, Jacques Rouvier, Robert McDonald, Awadagin Pratt, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Gabriel Kwok.
Dr. Eloise Kim received her DMA at the USC Thornton School of Music studying with Daniel Pollack and was the recipient of the Keyboard Departmental Award from the DMA program. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree at The Colburn Conservatory with Ory Shihor and her Master's at the Manhattan School of Music with Andre-Michel Schub. At the Manhattan School of Music, Kim graduated with the honorary Helen Cohn Award in recognition as an "Outstanding Pianist in Chamber Music."
As a passionate teacher and active outreach musician, Dr. Kim has taught Adult Studies group classes program at the Colburn School, performed in outreach school concerts in Los Angeles, and also participated in outreach programs in New York City through Connect 2 Culture and Mount Sinai Hospital. Kim was also a Teaching Assistant and Studio TA at the USC Thornton School of Music, instructing group piano classes and individual instruction at the University.
Dr. Kim currently teaches privately and serves as the CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers) YPLN State Chair and Executive Board Member. Her students have won many prizes and honors from local and state competitions including those from MTAC, MTNA, and Certificate of Merit exams in California.