Faculty Profile

Dr. SooYoung Kim

NMS Piano Faculty


Dr. Soo-Young Kim’s distinguished career as a teacher has been since 2000 when she started her bachelor in South Korea. Her students won various competitions and entered prestigious music schools in Korea.    

As an active solo pianist, Dr. Kim has performed in a number of recitals in New York, Boston, Chicago, Michigan, and Seoul. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. Her dissertation focused on Toru Takemitsu’s piano music.  As a collaborative and chamber pianist, Dr. Kim has been working as a studio accompanist and an orchestral pianist at the Michigan State University. Currently, she is the principal pianist of Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She also vigorously performs chamber music with Civic young professionals in Chicagoland.  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association League often invites her to play at their concert.  

Dr.Kim had masterclasses with prominent pianists including Vladimir Feltsman, Pitor Anderszewski, and Mary Sauer. Originally from South Korea, Dr. Kim studied with Keumhee Youn at the Ewha Womans University (B.M. in Piano Performance), before pursuing graduate studies at the New England conservatory under Alexander Korsantia (M.M and G.D in Piano Performance) and received Doctor of Musical Arts from the Michigan State University under Panayis Lyras. Currently, she studies with Mary Sauer, the principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Philosophy                                   

Music learning should educe the student’s potential musicality. I aim to inspire students by sharing my story, which I have experienced not only as a pianist but also as a student. Every student has his or her unique personality as well as strengths and weaknesses. Through deep communications with my students, I enthusiastically try to grasp their needs in music and guide them through to their goals. 

I believe that practicing should be studying and exploring music instead of a “drill.” I encourage my students to remove themselves from their normal routine by becoming a third person listening to themselves. By doing this, they are able to be more active listeners and teach themselves. As a result, I teach my students how to musically articulate their own voices in their playing, and improve self-expression through creative thinking.