Pianist Kai Pangune Kim has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Her solo career began at the age of 11 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), and continued with the Wayne Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Manhattan Symphony Orchestra (NY), and Seoul Symphony Orchestra of New York in Merkin Hall (NY). As a gifted student, she studied at the Gothenburg Conservatory under Elisif Luden-Bergfelt. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music studying with Artur Balsam. She continued her studies with Seymour Lipkin, and later with Robert Pace while working towards a Doctorate in Education at the Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ms. Kim won the Bergen Youth Competition, the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, and the First YM-YWHA Competition of Northern New Jersey. She has performed solo recitals in Korea, Sweden, and in the United States. Between 2007-2012, she gave annual solo recitals at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University. In 2001 she founded the Cayenne Piano Trio. The trio has performed in various libraries, universities, and concert halls including Merkin Hall, and Phone Art Hall in Seoul, Korea. She recently performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Kim teaches at Kai’s Piano Studio in Glen Rock, NJ and in Danbury, CT. She is an active member of the Music Educator’s Association of New Jersey where she serves on the competition committee. She has also served on the faculty of Drew University, and Bergen Community College (NJ) and has presented master classes and coached chamber music at LaGuardia High School in New York City, Drew University Summer Music Camp and Institute, Summer Institute of Music at the University of West Florida, and Hartwick College Music Festival and Institute.