My daughter, Ella Kim, had the pleasure of participating in her first piano festival at Texas State International Piano Festival, as well as NPR’s From the Top program. As the youngest participant, she was a bit nervous, but Dr. Kwak, the staff, and fellow participants quickly made her feel right at home. Ella had the opportunity to attend and participate in master classes given by internationally renowned pianists, attend recitals and take lessons. This was the first time Ella was surrounded by pianists over an extended period of time and, thanks to Dr. Kwak and staff, she could not have asked for a more nurturing, encouraging, fun, and inspiring time.
Julie, mother of Ella Kim, festival participant