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Phoenix Park-Kim; MM, DMA Prof. Music | Coordinator; Accompanists phoenix.park-kim@indwes.edu Department - Music Division - Music

Biography

Phoenix Park-Kim is associate professor of Piano at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Switzerland and Russia. She graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She completed her graduate work at Miami University (M.M.) and at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.) under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Weirich while serving as his teaching assistant. She has won numerous competitions including first place at the Miami, Jefferson City, and Kansas City Philharmonia Concerto Competitions and was one of three finalists at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. She also has been featured as a soloist with the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra among others. She has given performances in various music festivals such as the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Piano Texas, ARIA International Summer Academy, and the Summer Music School in Siena, Italy. 

She is dedicated to bringing music to the underserved public as well as providing more exposure to musical compositions that are less known. In this endeavor, she was awarded the Lilly research grant and was a featured performer on Live From FM 91 on WGTE. She is an avid chamber musician and enjoys collaborating with other performers. She has performed with the Oxford String Quartet and Phoenix Piano Trio. She is currently a member of Duo Dolce and the IWU Faculty Piano Trio. Her recent performances include a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March 2012 with Soprani Compagni as part of the Distinguished Concerts Artist Series. 

Educational Background:

  • B.M., 1999, Yonsei University
  • B.A., 1999, Yonsei University
  • M.M., 2001, Miami University
  • D.M.A., 2005, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Interests

Phoenix has an interest in classical works by African-American composers and bringing them greater public awareness. She enjoys discovering contemporary and culturally significant chamber music and also incorporates other art forms into her musical performances such as poems, theater and artwork. Her recordings are available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.

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