DM, Northwestern University
BM, MM University of Music (Luebeck, Germany)
Born and raised in Germany, Korean pianist Yumy Lee Kim made her debut with the Hamburger Sinfonietta at the age of 15 at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. She appeared at various German TV and radio stations (Radio Hamburg, NDR 3), and was accepted at the age of 16 at the prestigious preparatory division of the University of Music in Luebeck. After receiving diplomas in piano performance, piano pedagogy and a post-graduate performance certificate in Germany, she finished her studies at Northwestern University with a doctoral degree (DMA) in Piano Performance as a scholarship recipient of the Dorothy L. Pound Award. Dr. Kim performed as soloist with the Hamburger Sinfonietta, Hildesheim Philharmonie and Ahrensburg Orchestra and performed in Germany, Spain, Hungary, Swiss, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. Being a devoted and passionate educator as well, she currently serves as faculty member at DePaul University (CMD) and the Music Institute of Chicago. Her students won numerous local and national competitions and were invited to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Chicago Cultural Center and Northwestern University’s Gavin Hall. Dr. Kim is frequently invited to adjudicate in Chicago area piano competitions and has been on the faculty of Suzuki Institutes in Chicago, Ohio, Wisconsin, as well as the Chicago Chamber Music Festival at Northeastern Illinois University. She organizes the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA) Sonata-Sonatina Fest with over 300 participants and was awarded ‘Member of the Year’ in 2019.