Hyoung Wuk Kim, a native of South Korea, began playing the piano at the age of six. In his childhood, Hyoung had a wide interest in various musical instruments, such as the saxophone, trombone, and the classical guitar. Upon graduating from high school, he performed as a guitarist and also as a trumpeter in the South Korean military band. It was at the age of 22 that he made the challenging decision to play the piano professionally.
Pianist Hyoung Wuk Kim enjoys a versatile performing career as recitalist and a chamber musician. His performances have garnered national acclaim and he has been recognized for his “remarkable interpretation”. He won prizes in several competitions and played in many recitals throughout the United States including Texas, California, Missouri, New York and Virginia. As a soloist, Dr. Kim appeared with several orchestras, such as Greece Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Sinfonietta. He especially has been invited to give solo concerts by many educational institutions such as University of Syracuse, University of Central Missouri, East Tennessee State University, Nazareth University, among others.
As a pianist who made the decision to pursue a professional career after his military service, Hyoung brings a unique perspective and approach into his teaching. His experience as a trumpeter in the military band added to his musicianship and ambition, leading him to return fully to his piano training. He also developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the technical mechanism of one’s body in playing the piano and how to help young musicians interpret music. Over 10 years of teaching experience at Eastman School of Music, The Lighthouse Music School, and Aria’s School of Music, many of his students have represented their developing musicianship and successes by winning competitions and performing with the orchestra.
Dr. Kim received his Bachelor and Doctorate of Music degree in piano performance and literature at Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Professor Nelita True, and Master of Music degree at University of Southern California, where he studied with Professor Stewart Gordon. His experience and deep enthusiasm for the Suzuki Method and its philosophies has lead him to change children's lives through the gift of music at the Suzuki Academy of LA.