Director and Professor of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Dr. Michael Kim enjoys a multi-faceted career as an academic administrator, professor, and concert artist. Dr. Kim previously served as Professor/Dean of the School of Music and Associate Vice-President (External) at Brandon University, Canada, 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 as soloist with numerous orchestras (including the Boston and Cincinnati Pops, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the major orchestras of Canada) under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Yannick Nezet Seguin, Hans Graf, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Mario Bernardi, and Georg Tintner. He has toured extensively as solo recitalist, chamber musician, and with the highly successful Music as Theatre production The Schumann Letters. Performing frequently with his wife pianist Dr. Kyung Kim and sister violinist Helen Kim, he has also collaborated with 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.
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.