Michael Kim, Director and Professor, University of Minnesota School of Music
Director and Professor of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Dr. Michael Kim enjoys a distinguished, multi-faceted career as an academic administrator, professor, and concert artist. He formerly served as Dean of Music and Vice-President External at Brandon University, Canada, where he led BU’s advancement programs (overseeing its integrated offices of fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, communications, and web design), and as Chair of the Keyboard Department and Faculty Associate to the President at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI).
A veteran of the concert circuit, Dr. Kim has performed repeatedly as soloist with numerous orchestras (including the Boston and Cincinnati Pops, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Florida Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, CBC Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Oklahoma City) under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Yannick Nezet Seguin, Hans Graf, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Sian Edwards, Mario Bernardi, and Georg Tintner.
He has toured extensively as solo recitalist throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and South Korea, and with the Music as Theatre productions The Schumann Letters and Nadia. As a chamber musician and collaborative artist, he performs frequently with his wife pianist Dr. Kyung Kim and sister violinist Helen Kim, also collaborating with the Bakken Trio, James Ehnes, Edgar Meyer, James Campbell, members of the Canadian Brass, and the Ceclia, New Orford, Fine Arts, New Zealand String Quartets. Summer festival performances have included Ottawa’s Chamber fest, Festival of the Sound, Colors of Music, Agassiz, Brevard, Aspen, Banff, Clear Lake, Huntsville, Heifetz (Annapolis, MD), and Niagara. Dr. Kim regularly collaborates in performances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, including recent subscription appearances with legendary clarinetist Martin Frost.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, and was silver medalist in the 1992 Scottish International Competition in Glasgow, a prizewinner in the Leeds and Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competitions, and grand prizewinner of the Canadian Music and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio Competitions. Dr. Kim can be heard on critically acclaimed recordings for Arktos, CRI, Summit, and Orpheum Masters.
Dr. Kim has served the community and profession in various capacities:
• Manitoba Citizenship, Education, and Youth K-12 Arts Education Curriculum Provincial Steering Committee
• Board of Directors, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg, MB
• Founding Director and Former Chair, Brandon Arts Council
• Board of Directors, Brandon Chamber Players
• Board of Directors, Whitehead Foundation
• Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Eckhardt-Grammate National Music Competition
• Regional Council and Voting Member, Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region, Calgary, AB
• Visiting accreditation evaluator, National Association Schools of Music (NASM)