An active performer, Dr. April Ryun Kim has given numerous performances as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician, showcasing a wide range of repertoire. She has been featured as a soloist in the MasterWorks Festival Honors Recital, and with the St. Olaf Orchestra as senior soloist, and has won winning prizes from competitions including the Thursday Musical and Schubert Club Competition. Having an enthusiasm for new music, she has performed in the St. Olaf Faculty Chamber Ensemble, and is a regular performer in 10th Wave, a chamber collective 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. In 2018, she commissioned and gave the world premiere of “가위 (Scissors): Fantasia Toccata,” written by composer Jiyoun Chung.
In addition to performing, Dr. Kim has presented research at various conferences and events. She has presented at the 2017 and 2018 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the 2017-2018 Gustavus Music Colloquium Series, the 2018 and 2019 Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Convention, College Music Society (CMS) Regional Conferences, the 2019 Music By Women Festival, and the 2019 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Furthermore, her research was presented at the 2019 CMS International Conference held in Belgium, and the Third Compositions in Asian Symposium and Festival. Most recently, she has presented at the 2021 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Dr. Kim is also an active adjudicator, having been invited to adjudicate various competitions including the 2018 Iowa MTNA Piano Performance Competition, 2019 Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum (MMTF) Senior Auditions, 2019 Minnesota MTNA Piano Performance Competition, and more. She has taught at the Arkansas and Oklahoma (AOK) Conservatory of Music, and was invited to the 2018 Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival as artistic faculty and collaborative pianist.
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Kim completed a B.M. in piano performance with a collaborative emphasis from St. Olaf College, M.M. in solo and collaborative performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and D.M.A. in piano performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Her former teachers include Kent McWilliams, Kathryn Brown, Anita Pontremoli, and Diane Helfers Petrella.