Byeol Kim

Byeol Kim

Steinway Artist Byeol Kim has earned a reputation for her “ingeniously colorful imagination with stage charisma” (Agata Nowakowska), remarking “hushed performances as an operatic singer on the piano” (Cleveland Classical).

Byeol Kim burst onto the international stage as a back-to-back top prizewinner in the Cleveland, Paderewski, Dallas, Louisiana, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Washington International Piano Competitions.

With a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, Byeol embarked on a musical journey driven by a genuine curiosity and love for exploration. ​​Her first encounter with the United States during graduate program auditions exposed her to a rich tapestry of values, leading to her move to Rochester, NY. There, as Byeol immersed herself in the Eastman School of Music, earning her Master of Music degree under the guidance of Enrico Elisi, her roles as a teaching and graduate assistant expanded her aspirations beyond traditional musician roles. This period marked the beginning of her journey towards embracing the identity of an artist.

Driven by a pursuit of musical excellence, Byeol earned two Artist Diplomas, one from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and another from Rice University, marking her as the inaugural candidate accepted by Jon Kimura Parker. These transformative years fueled her passion for breaking traditional concert hall boundaries and cultivating a vibrant connection between the stage and the audience. This newfound insight and distinctive approach to presenting classical music, as well as recognizing the microphone as a valuable ally, excited her to share her journey, to inspire and guide the next generation of musicians, leading her pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Northwestern University under the mentorship of James Giles.

Byeol has mesmerized audiences worldwide with her profound insights into music. Her performances have graced prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Teatro Civico in Italy, Flagey in Belgium, Petit Palau Hall in Spain, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall in Poland, Koerner Hall in Toronto, Mozart Hall in South Korea, Merkin Concert Hall, and Kodak Hall. Her recent appearances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her solo career, Byeol is a highly sought-after chamber musician. She performed with the Escher String Quartet in 2021, was invited as part of the Cambridge Piano Trio to the La Jolla Music Society, and has shared the stage with esteemed artists such as Cho–Liang Lin, Jian Wang, Yura Lee, Paul Neubauer, Lyubov Petrova, and the Rolston String Quartet.

As the winner of the prestigious 2019 Astral National Auditions, Byeol’s creative artistry transcends her captivating performances and finds expression in a diverse range of projects that seek to broaden the horizons of classical music. Her initiatives encompass advocacy for diversity and social causes, the recording of thought-provoking repertoire such as ‘the mid-length fantasies and literature,’ the creation of multimedia concert experiences, conducting Mozart Piano Concertos from the piano, weaving compelling narratives into her recitals, and engaging with the community. Her 2023-24 season features the program ‘reminiscence.’

With a wealth of experience, Kim excels as a pedagogue, nurturing students to embrace music as the core of their lives. A dedicated educator, she has taught at renowned institutions and music festivals, including Northwestern University and The Amalfi Coast Music & Art Festival. Dr. Byeol Kim now shares her expertise and passion with Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she serves as an Assistant Professor of Music.

Beyond her musical pursuits, Byeol cherishes time spent with her son, her piano-loving baby maltipoo, and her husband, finding joy through the pleasures of food.

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Shiyu Wang

Shiyu Wang

Pianist Shiyu Wang has given solo recitals and performances in the United States, China, Japan, and Europe. She has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Changsha Symphony Orchestra, and University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Shiyu won First Prize in PianoTexas Young Artist Concerto Competition, Connecticut Bach Festival and Competition, University of Rochester Concerto Competition, and “IMKA” Internet Music Competition, Second Prize in Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as Silver Medal in the Manhattan International Music Competition.

Shiyu is currently a Doctor of Music piano candidate under the tutelage of Professor Arnaldo Cohen at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her previous teachers include Alexander Shtarkman at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Enrico Elisi and Vincent Lenti at Eastman School of Music. She has also performed in master classes taught by Yoheved Kaplinsky, Leon Fleisher, Fou Ts’ong, Dan Zhaoyi, and John Perry. Shiyu joined the Indiana University East music faculty in August 2022.

Shiyu’s interest goes beyond piano performance. She holds a double-major degree in music and business and certificate of a one-year program in Renaissance art history from University of Rochester. She published her first book Inside the Kaleidoscope on Amazon in 2020 and an article on Chopin’s E Minor Prelude in Music Space magazine in 2013.

Kyunghoon Kim

Kyunghoon Kim

Pianist Kyunghoon Kim is Visiting Lecturer in Chamber and Collaborative Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

A native of South Korea, Dr. Kim made his debut at the age of 12 with Solideo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been featured as a piano soloist with numerous orchestras in South Korea, Vietnam, and the United States, including two appearances with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner. His performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro Arthur Fagen was praised as being “not only bombastic, but intensely musical, rich in nuances, introspective, lyrical” (Herald Times). His solo performing career involves prizes and awards from the Chautauqua Solo Piano Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, Ben L. Gomez Piano Competition, NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters) Instrumental Competition, Hanoi International Piano Competition, Haneol Music Competition, and Korea Piano Society Competition.

Kim is a sought-after collaborator, having experience with repertoire ranging from major violin duos and art songs to a variety of orchestral reductions. His collaborative activities also extend to ensemble performances, including piano trios and orchestral pieces. During his studies at Indiana University, he was selected as an orchestral pianist by violin professor Jorja Fleezanis to be part of the IU Chamber Orchestra’s concert tour to South Korea in 2015.

As an active teacher and scholar, Kim has participated in multiple MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) events, such as the Collegiate Chapters Symposium, where he presented his doctoral dissertation, “Strategies to deal with the challenges of the piano solo recital: Interviews with piano faculty members and university piano majors,” and his research on “Vertical and Horizontal Listening through Basso Continuo,” utilizing his specialties in Early Music. Recently he joined “Tunaweza Kimuziki (Through Music All is Possible),” a project that connects music educators in the US and students in Kenya, led by IU professor Kimberly Carballo.

Kim’s early education in music composition in his teenage years led him to his current activities as an arranger of classical, jazz, and pop songs for solo piano and four-hands piano settings. These arrangements are performed by him and his wife, pianist Elizabeth Yao, and uploaded to his YouTube channel. More than 2000 copies of his music have been sold on Musicnotes through his official partnership with them as a Signature Artist.

Kim earned his Doctor of Music in Piano Performance with double minors in Music Theory and Early Music (Harpsichord) at Indiana University, as a protégé of Professor Arnaldo Cohen, with whom he also completed his Master of Music degree. His studies in early keyboard were with renowned harpsichordist and fortepianist Elisabeth Wright. Kim earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, where he studied with Professor Hyoung-Joon Chang, and graduated as valedictorian of his class.

Xiaoya Liu

Xiaoya Liu

Xiaoya Liu

Rising Faculty Star 2022

Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Asia, Europe, and the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the GSIM Festival Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall.

Engagements this season include Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto and Florence Price Piano Concerto with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the UM Life Sciences Orchestra.

Xiaoya was a top prize winner in the Sicily International Piano Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the New York International Artists Piano Competition, the Paris Music Competition, the American Prize, and the Winner of both the PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. She has been a featured artist at the Crystal Valley Concert Series and the American Liszt Society Festival.

A recipient of full scholarships from prestigious music festivals worldwide, Xiaoya has worked alongside such artists as Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Dmitry Rachmanov, Pascal Rogé, Paul Schoenfeld, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Melvyn Tan, and conductors Miguel Harth-Bedo and Kenneth Kiesler.​

Xiaoya received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with a concurrent second Master’s degree in Piano Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore. Her principal teachers include Christopher Harding, Natalya Antonova, Enrico Elisi, and Thomas Hecht.

Xiaoya was the recipient of the Earl V. Moore Award, one of the highest honors given for outstanding achievement by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.​

Her CD album (world premiere) of Carl Vine Complete Piano Sonatas will be released under Dynamic in 2022.

Martin Kesuma

Martin Kesuma

Martin Kesuma

Rising Faculty Stars 2022

Born in Indonesia, Martin Kesuma made his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Martin has performed with the Round Rock Symphony, University of Texas University Orchestra, and more. As recipient of the Ben Gomez Award from the 10th TSIPF, Martin is scheduled to perform with the Central Texas Philharmonic soon. In addition, Martin enjoys performing in competitions. Some of his accomplishments include Honorable Mention in the San Jose International Piano Competition and first prizes in the PianoHouse International Piano Competition and the Dickinson Piano Competition at the TSIPF, which allowed Martin to record and publish his debut album, “Detours,” for the Centaur Records.

A graduate of Texas State University (classes of Washington Garcia and Jason Kwak), Martin continued to study at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently finishing up his doctoral studies with Anton Nel. Starting in September, Martin will move to Toronto, where he has been accepted with full scholarship to study with James Anagnoson in the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music.

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