The music directors
Karen Kim is a teacher based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a teacher, Karen has been featured in the magazine “American Music Teacher” for outstanding teaching and studio development. She is passionate about research and teaching materials, and she has reviewed upcoming pedagogical publications for music teachers nationally and abroad. Her students have been winners of numerous competitions. Karen has been invited to teach and perform in numerous pre-colleges and venues in Asia, including the cities of Seoul, Chengdu, Chongqing, Taishan, and Beijing.
In 2020, Karen was awarded the prestigious Mary Sue Harris Teacher Fellowship award by Music Teachers National Association, the highest level of recognition a developing piano teacher can receive. Karen directs her studio “Musical Moments” with her husband, Korean pianist Jaesung Kim. She serves on the board of Chamber music Cincinnati and serves as the Ohio representative for the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
South Korean pianist Jaesung Kim studied at Yonsei University (Becholar of Music), and received his Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music. Jaesung Kim received numerous prizes and awards 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 competition, followed by the winners recital at Carnegie hall, and the UC-CCM piano concerto competition allowing him to perform with the CCM Concert Orchestra. As a teacher, Mr. Kim has many years’ experience working with students of all ages. Since 2001, 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, Musical Moments, since 2018, he prepared students for recitals, performance events, auditions, and competitions while nurturing their love of music. Numerous students of Mr. Kim showed excellence and achieved the first honor with distinction in RCM and ABRSM exams. Currently, Jaesung Kim is a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.