Hwa-Jin KimHome Phone: (828)681-9732
Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim was born in Daegu, South Korea, where she began her piano studies at the age of five. She was chosen to perform at MBC Television Station in Daegu at age seven, and she appeared as a soloist with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra at age 14, performing Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. She won numerous competitions and entered the prestigious Seoul National University in South Korea on full scholarship, studying with Dr. Jin-Woo Chung. Upon graduation, she came to New York to continue her studies with Zenon Fishbein at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Kim has performed in South Korea, Italy and many other venues in Boston, Rhode Island, and New York, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Kim has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, Reformed Presbyterian Seminary of the East, and New York Bethesda Theological Seminary, teaching both piano and music history. She also taught at The Music School and Brown University in Rhode Island. After moving to the Asheville/Hendersonville area of North Carolina in 2000 with her husband, Dr. Paul S. Kim of Grace Hematology & Oncology in Fletcher and their two daughters, Dr. Kim has been featured as a soloist in numerous concert series and benefit concerts. She actively works as lecturer, teacher as well as competition adjudicator. Her sensitive, beautiful nuanced interpretations are the hallmarks of her remarkable pianistic musicianship. Dr. Kim serves as the advisor to the Asheville Young Musicians Club, comprised of highly talented classical student musicians in Asheville area that was founded by her daughters, Grace (flute) and Kristie (violin) in 2011. Dr. Kim joined the music faculty at University of North Carolina at Ashville in January 2003.