Ms. Heawon Kim, internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician began her auspicious studies in her native Korea. By the age of seven had already performed with the Korea Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She was renowned as the winner of many of Korea’s top competitions and was frequently heard on the radio, including AFN, and seen on national television. She appeared yearly with its major orchestras as soloist with a culminating performance for the opening of the Sejong Hall. Upon coming to the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts, while studying with Clifton Matthews, she performed Prokofiev’s second concerto with Nicholas Harsanyi, conductor, was a prize winner of the Southeastern Music Teachers Competition, was awarded the Vittorio Giannini memorial award for her undergraduate studies. Claude Frank, renowned pianist, brought her to New York for studies with him at the Mannes College of Music. Ms. Kim went on to earn her Master of Music under Robert Goldsand at the Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Kim has performed as soloist with many regional orchestras and noted New York chamber groups such as Pierrot Consort, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Leaf Peeper Concerts, L’Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Garrett Lakes Festival Orchestra, with Erick Friedman conducting, the Colonial Symphony, and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. She is in demand as a major partner for numerous internationally acclaimed artists such as Erick Friedman, Sanford Allen, Dennis Brott, and Marion Davies, Sergiu Luca, among others, appearing frequently in important New York venues. As the pianist of many master classes of Erick Friedman, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, and Tibor Varga she amassed a stunning command of the vast instrumental solo and chamber music literature. Ms. Kim joined the piano faculty of the LIU Post for an innovative program in instrumental coaching and has been on the faculty of the LIU Post Summer Chamber Music Festival since 1990. She appears in recitals with her husband, Dale Stuckenbruck, violinist, in recitals throughout the Americas and Asia.
“...Very brilliant pianist, her superior quality being her musicianship, consisting of special maturity, dynamics, and power of expression..”
Seoul National Theater Press Release
Hankuk Ilbo (_Korea Daily News)
“..An expression of sheer beauty and charm 0 11 (Mozart Sonata)
Dr. George Kehler
Author of "Piano in Concert"
El Porvenir, Monterrey, Mexico
"...Heawon Kim matched her playing to the character of the compositions, especially in the revolutionary style of Beethoven whose temperament she profoundly projected."
El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico
"...As she kept her eyes on the conductor Nicholas Harsanyi or looked off into space, she delivered blindingly accurate salvos of notes and projected a rhythmic feel and sense of humor that was infectious. She drew bravas, thunderous applause, and a standing ovation that she thoroughly deserved."
Claudia Sheppard Winston-Salem Journal
"..played with special brilliance.."
Jim Shertzer, Winston-Salem Journal
"...This was a beautiful in every way. Miss Kim showed extraordinary control, refined musicianship and ability to communicate to a large degree."