Heawon Kim, piano
Heawon Kim’s beginnings as one of Korea’s most well known prodigies of her generation appearing at the age of seven with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic, with many return engagements. Subsequently she won numerous competitions, appearing with these orchestras frequently on television and radio. In 1972 she came to the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts and studied with Clifton Matthews. While studying with him, she won the Vittorio Giannini Award, the Southeastern Music Teachers Competition, and appeared with the Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Harsanyi with Prokofiev’s third concerto.
Following rave reviews she was brought to New York by Claude Frank, with whom she studied at the Mannes School of Music. She subsequently earned her Master of Music under Robert Goldsand at the Manhattan School of Music performing for the classes of Erick Friedman, Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, Franco Gulli, Tibor Varga, Irwin Freundlich, and Andre Watts. Ms. Kim has been a soloist with regional orchestras in the United States and has appeared as chamber musician with such groups as the Bronx Arts Ensemble, L’Ensemble, The Pierrot Consort, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Garrett Lakes Festival, Leonia Chamber Players, Clarion Concerts/Leaf Peeper, and the Colonial Symphony.
She has appeared with the KBS Symphony Orchestra for the opening of the Sejong Arts Center in Korea. She is much in demand as a collaborator in recitals with internationally renowned artists, and for competitions and recordings. She was a frequent solo, recital and chamber music collaborator for the late Erick Friedman for over 30 years. Other recital collaborations include such artists as Dennis Brott, Sergiu Luca, Marion Davies, Sanford Allen, Barry Finclair, and her husband, Dale Stuckenbruck.
She is on the faculty of LIU Post as an instrumental coach. She is very active in the Korean musical community, performing concerts for displaced persons from North Korea and for her alma mater, the Ewha High School. She has worked with Dale Stuckenbruck to create the organization for young talent called Kammermusik with whom she has performed numerous solo works including the Clara Wieck-Schumann concerto.
“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
"...(Mozart Sonata) an expression of sheer beauty and charm."
Dr. George Kehler, author of "The Piano in Concert"
"... Heawon Kim matched her playing to the character of the compositions, especially in the revolutionary style of Beethoven, which profoundly projected."
El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico
"Very brilliant pianist, her superior quality being her musicianship, consisting of special maturity, and dynamic, and power of expression."
Seoul National Theater, Hankuk Daily News