Youmee Kim

Part-time Instructor of Piano


  • B.B., Ewha Woman's University
  • M.M., Indiana University
  • D.M.A., The Ohio State University


An active performer, pianist Youmee Kim has appeared in over 130 recitals, concert series, festivals, conferences, and masterclasses in South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Canada, Serbia, and across the United States. She can be heard on a solo piano CD ‘Journey to America: American Contemporary Piano Music’ (Centaur Records 3631, 2017), which includes Benjamin Lees ‘Odyssey I and II’and a world premiere recording of Primosch ‘Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift’.  Her solo performances have been described as “wonderfully articulated, terrific, jaw-dropping, magnificent”(FanfareMagazine) and "warm, mature, and lyrical". An active collaborative pianist, Dr. Kim recorded ‘Clarinet and Piano Fantasies’ with R. Rischin(Centaur Records3538, 2017), where her collaborative performance was described as “Kim plays with great suavité allied to great delicacy.” and "Kim is perfectly supportive recital partner: imaginative and technically immaculate.”(FanfareMagazine). Her other CDs include ‘Ars Nostra: Persona’ piano duo with S. Lee (Centaur Records 3343, 2014), and ‘Samplings, New Recordings for the Bassoon and Piano’ with M. Morris (MSR Music LLC, 2015).  A specialist in American contemporary piano music, she has authored a book ‘An Analysis and Performance Guide to Benjamin Lees' Odyssey I and II’ (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008)and is frequently invited to premiere new pieces, recently to perform Perino’s Piano Sonata II at New York University, NY.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Kim has more than 12 years of college teaching experience with excellent records and served as a judge for the La Pianista International Piano Competition (Chairperson) in Taiwan and Indonesia and World Piano Teachers Associations International Competition. She received degrees in piano performance from Ewha Woman's University in Korea(BM), Indiana University (MM and Performer Diploma), and The Ohio State University (DMA). Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Music, Dr. Kim has served as piano faculty at Ohio University and Wright State University.

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