A native of Minnesota, April Ryun Kim has given numerous performances as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. She has been featured as a soloist in the MasterWorks Festival Honors Recital, and with the St. Olaf Orchestra as senior soloist. She has won winning prizes from competitions including the Thursday Musical and Schubert Club. Having an enthusiasm for new music, she has performed in the St. Olaf Faculty Chamber Ensemble, featuring works by Ann Millikan, 10th Wave, a new music chamber ensemble based in the Twin Cities, performing works written by Missy Mazzoli, Steve Reich, David Lang, and many more. In Kansas City, she has performed in the Musica Nova ensembles at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), working with composers such as Zhou Long and Tania León. As part of her lecture recital, she commissioned and gave the world premiere of “가위 (Scissors): Fantasia Toccata,” written by composer Jiyoun Chung.
Dr. Kim has been invited to present at various conferences and events. She has presented at the 2017-2018 Gustavus Music Colloquium Series, the 2018 Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), the 2017 and 2018 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, College Music Society (CMS) Regional Conferences, the 2019 Music By Women Festival, and the 2019 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Most recently, she has been invited to present at the 2019 MMTA Convention and the 2019 CMS International Conference held in Belgium. Dr. Kim has adjudicated the 2018 Iowa MTNA Piano Performance Competition and 2019 Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum (MMTF) Senior Auditions, and has taught at the Arkansas and Oklahoma (AOK) Conservatory of Music and invited to the Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival as artistic faculty and collaborative pianist.
Dr. Kim completed a D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, M.M. in solo and collaborative performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a B.M. in piano performance with a collaborative emphasis at St. Olaf College. Her former teachers include Kent McWilliams, Kathryn Brown, Anita Pontremoli, and Diane Helfers Petrella.