Pianist Kai Pangune Kim has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. At age seven, she played the Beethoven Sonata Op.49 at the Seoul National University in Korea. Five years later she performed Mozart Piano Concerto KV.488 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.
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 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. Her solo engagement includes Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, Wayne Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Manhattan Symphony Orchestra (NY), and Seoul Symphony Orchestra of New York in Merkin Hall. She has performed solo recitals in Korea, Sweden, and in the United States. Since 2007, she has held annual solo recitals at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University.
In 2001, she founded Cayenne Piano Trio. The trio has performed in various libraries, universities, and concert halls including Merkin Hall (NY), and Phone Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.
Ms. Kim teaches at Kai’s Piano Studio in Glen Rock, NJ and also in Danbury, CT. She has served on the faculty of Drew University (NJ) and Bergen Community College (NJ). She has presented master classes and coached chamber music at LaGuardia High School in New York, Drew University Summer Music Camp and Institute, Summer Institute of Music at the University of West Florida, and Hartwick College Music Festival and Institute.