MATTHEW KIM

Pianist Matthew Kim has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to great acclaim. Born in New York City to pianist Paul Kim and soprano/writer Judith Jeon, Matthew has demonstrated significant talent in piano from a very young age. At age nine Matthew performed in a unique father-and-son duo piano concert at Carnegie Hall. This event, which had been sold-out weeks in advance, was a benefit concert on behalf of worldwide orphan children's support programs. The huge success of that event led to subsequent performances in other major cities in the United States and the Far East.

Matthew has earned critical recognition for his performances of Olivier Messiaen's music. His recording of the Vision de l'Amen is part of a historic series of recordings of Messiaen's Complete Piano Works released on the Centaur Records label. With this debut CD, and his related accomplishments, Matthew has achieved a triple record: 1) at age nine, the youngest pianist to perform Messiaen's music; 2) at age fifteen, the youngest artist to record Messiaen's music on a commercially-released CD; and 3) the first father-and-son piano duo to perform publicly and record Messiaen's music. The American Record Guide has recognized Matthew as "a prodigious young talent," and has upheld this album as "the new reference recording." Among his recent recordings are Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (within the complete Beethoven symphony series), based on the new critical performing edition for two-pianos, and the "Eroica" Variations and Fugue for piano. Matthew's diverse musical talents also include composing, arranging, record producing, and organ performance. At the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Matthew has studied with the noted organist and scholar James Kibbie.

Along with his brother James and father Paul Kim, Matthew is a member of the Paul Kim & Sons trio pianists. In addition to concert appearances, they have been featured in numerous radio and television programs including CNN-Arirang interview and an animated film documentary Joyous Life: A Day in the Life of Paul Kim and Family. Among the many full-length newspaper and magazine articles Matthew has been featured in include The International Herald Tribune, New York Newsday, and Auditorium. As an associate artist with the Music Angels International Foundation, Matthew has contributed many benefit performances worldwide.

A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Matthew graduated magna cum laude from New York University and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan.



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