Young Kim

Professor of Piano


D.M.A.Piano PerformanceUniversity of Minnesota
Artist DiplomaPiano PerformanceYale University
M.M.Piano PerformanceThe Juilliard School
B.M.Piano PerformanceSeoul National University

Professional Experience

Praised by critics as “a pianist who is truly passionate, sensitive, and musical … an extremely polished, expressive, and vibrant pianist,” Young Kim has performed internationally as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras, in addition to appearing numerous times as a chamber musician. A Steinway Artist, her many recital venues include Steinway Hall in New York City, Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara, Memorial Chapel and Proctors Theater in Schenectady, Troy Music Hall and Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy.

A native of South Korea, she performed in major concert venues in Korea, including the Seoul Arts Center. In Russia, she appeared as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto to great acclaim. Since moving to the Capital District in 2000, she has appeared as a soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Kim has been frequently invited to present lectures, recitals, and master classes in numerous colleges and universities in Asia as well as in the United States. She is a recipient of 2016 Thomas A. Manion Distinguished Faculty Award from The College of Saint Rose Alumni Association. This award is presented to a faculty member in recognition of excellence in teaching, outstanding professional accomplishment, and concern for the students demonstrated by influencing their personal and professional lives.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kim’s main area of teaching is Applied Piano Lessons (MUS 393) for piano major students. She prepares students to perform Senior Performance Recital (MUS 450) and Capstone Project (MUS 490).

She also teaches the following courses: Piano Repertoire Class (MUS 100); Advanced Keyboard Harmony I and II (MUS 181, 182); Advanced Keyboard Harmony III and IV (MUS 281, 282); Piano Pedagogy (MUS 322); Piano Literature and Pedagogy (MUS 323).

Research/Creative Works

Dr. Kim established a piano lecture-recital series, “Young Kim and Saint Rose Pianists,” in 2009 and has been performing with her students annually at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany. The group often performs at secondary schools, colleges, senior living communities as well as other concert venues off the campus.

She is one of the founding members of the Saint Rose Camerata, a faculty ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose. She performs regularly in the Massry Center Premiere Performances Series with Saint Rose Camerata. In addition, she often performs with student ensembles such as Saint Rose Masterworks Chorale, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Kim enjoys collaborating with other colleges and institutions in concerts. She co-directed “Piano Waves”, a joint concert between Saint Rose and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty and students. Along with Dr. Kim, five Saint Rose piano students and two piano adjunct faculty members performed at the Experimental Media Performing Art Center Concert Hall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011. She premiered a new composition, by composer, Michael White, a professor at The Juilliard School in New York City in 2014.

She worked closely with the composer and in collaboration with Dr. David Bebe in performing the “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by Michael White at both colleges, Saint Rose and The Juilliard School. She released a single-track recording of Michael White’s “Sonata in One Movement for Cello and Piano” in 2013.

Dr. Kim founded Piano Intensive Study, a summer program at the Saint Rose Summer Youth Music for pre-college students in 2010 and directed the Piano Program until 2013. It is now part of the Saint Rose Pre-College Experience, and she continues to participate as a Guest Artist by presenting Piano Master Classes.

Dr. Kim has been actively promoting the All-Steinway School Project since 2008. She initiated and proposed the “All-Steinway Initiative” to the College, and Saint Rose joined the “Steinway & Sons Festival Piano Placement Program” in 2012. The music department has successfully completed 55 to 60 percent of piano inventory with Steinway & Sons and Boston pianos.