A National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Recipient, Karen attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music on a full-ride, where she studied with Eugene Pridonoff and Soyeon Kate Lee. While at CCM, she was a winner of the Van Cliburn Scholarship Competition at the College- Conservatory of Music and the Glenn Miller Society Scholarship Competition in Iowa, as well as the first place winner of the Three Arts Competition. Karen has travelled twice to Vienna, Austria to study at the Wienermusikseminar with Peter Efler and Wolfgang Watzinger. In 2017, Karen was one of 23 pianists to be selected for Pianofest in Hampton New York, where she shared the stage with top-level students in the country in numerous concerts. At the College-Conservatory of Music, Karen was the only Graduate Assistant in Secondary Piano to be selected while still a Master student. She received her Master of Music in 2018.
South Korean pianist Jaesung Kim studied at Yonsei University, completing requirements for his Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 under Kyungsook Lee. He received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Antonio Pompa-baldi. Jaesung Kim received numerous prizes and awards in Korea including the first prize in the 40th Kankakee Symphony Orchestra competition, the 2nd prize in Chopin competition by Northwest Chopin foundation in Seattle, 2nd prize in American Protégé International Piano and Strings competition, and the College- Conservatory of Music piano concerto competition allowing him to perform with the CCM Concert Orchestra. Mr. Kim has an abundance of performing experience as a solo recitalist, a collaborative artist, and a chamber music artist throughout several venues in South Korea, Italy, and the United States. His performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital hall), Corbett Auditorium, Crawford Auditorium, Kulas Hall, Mixon Hall, Robert J. Werner Hall, Watson Hall, Keumho Art center, Art’s centers in Seoul, Jeoungeup, Haman, Nonsan, Namhae, Boryeung, Kimje, Kangreung, and Changwon. He has participated in numerous music festivals, including Pianopalooza in the United States, Lucerainternazionale in Italy, and Piano Academy in South Korea where he had many performances. Mr. Kim has also performed in master classes given by great maestros such as Sergei Babayan, Jerome Rose, Julian Martin and Eduadus Halim. As a teacher, Mr. Kim has many years’ experience working with students of all ages. Since his years as an undergraduate, Mr. Kim has been committed to inspiring young students to play the piano and to understand and appreciate music. Operating his own private teaching studio, he prepared students for recitals and other performance events while nurturing their love of music Currently, Jaesung Kim is a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of pianist Awadagin Pratt. He expects to receive his doctoral degree diploma in 2019.