Jenny-Soonjin Kim
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  • Degrees
    DMA, Claremont Graduate University
    Diploma, UCLA
    Graduate Certificate in Performance, MM, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
    MM, Hanyang University
    Diploma, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
    BA, Seoul National University
  • Research Interests
    Fortepiano, piano, 18th century performance practices, 20th century atonal piano compositions, digital keyboard laboratory, the board of directors of Los Angeles Master Chorale: educational systems

Jenny-Soonjin Kim is an assistant professor of practice at Claremont Graduate University, where she oversees the piano and fortepiano program and teaches Keyboard Performance Forum. She has performed in major venues in Europe, Asia, and North America, and has recorded keyboard works ranging from Bach to Schoenberg for Arabesque Records (which nominated her for the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2014), as well as the complete keyboard sonatas of both Leopold Kozeluch and Johann Friedrich Doles (a world premiere) on fortepiano for Brilliant Classics. Sylvia Berry (Early Music America 21, no. 4, Winter 2015) wrote of the second Kozeluch volume: “Kim’s playing is crystalline and lyrical, with exquisitely sensitive phrasing. She is an assured virtuoso who interprets Kozeluch’s music beautifully.”

Kim has earned degrees from Seoul National University (BA, Music Performance), the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Diploma, Piano), University of Southern California (MM and Graduate Certificate, Piano Performance), the University of California, Los Angeles (Diploma, Music Management and Merchandising), and Claremont Graduate University (DMA, Historical Performance Practices/Keyboard Studies). Her keyboard teachers have included prominent performers and scholars such as Stewart Gordon, Nakho Paik, Dennis Thurmond, and Robert Zappulla. Jenny Soonjin Kim serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Johann Friedrich Doles Jr. Complete Keyboard Sonatas, performed on fortepiano.
CD: (6 Sonatas, Brilliant Classics 95454, June 2018)

Leopold Kozeluch. Complete Keyboard Sonatas, performed on fortepiano. Sixteen-CD contract with Brilliant Classics (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands), April 2013.
Vol. 1 (2 CDs, Brilliant Classics 94770, January 2015):
CD 1: Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1; Sonata No. 2 in E- Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 2; Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 1, No. 3; Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 1.
CD 2: Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3; Sonata No. 7 in D Major; Sonata No. 8 in F Major, Op. 5 ‘La Chasse’.

Vol. 2 (2 CDs, Brilliant Classics 95155, 2016):
CD 1: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8, No. 1; Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8, No. 2; Sonata No. 11 in E- Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata No. 12 in C Major, Op. 10, No. 2.
CD 2: Sonata No. 13 in E- Flat Major, Op. 13, No. 1; Sonata No. 14 in G Major, Op. 13, No. 2; Sonata No. 15 in E Minor, Op. 13, Op. 2; Sonata No. 16 in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 1.

Master Composers, Vol. 1 (Arabesque Records Z6812, September 2010):
Béla Bartók, Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20; Frédéric Chopin, Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47 and Etude No.5, Op. 10; Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue No.1, WTC Book 1; Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110.

Master Composers, Vol. 2 (Arabesque Records Z6813, November 2010):
Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333; Arnold Schoenberg, Six Little Piano Pieces, Op.19; Sergei Rachmaninoff, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42; Frédéric Chopin, Étude Op. 25, No. 10 in B minor.

Master Composers, Vol. 3 (Arabesque Records Z6814, April 2011):
Arnold Schoenberg, Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op.19; Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; Béla Bartók, Out of Doors; Franz Liszt, Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

“Fortepiano,” The Piano 386 (2014): 122-125.
“The Keyboard Sonatas of C. P. E. Bach,” The Piano 387 (2014): 59-60.
“Ornamentation,” The Piano 388 (2014): 96- 98.
“Johann Christian Bach and his influence on Mozart,” The Piano 389 (2014): 92-94.
“Some Lesser Known Important Classic Keyboard Sonatas,” The Piano 390 (2014): 74-78.
“The Eighteenth Century Italian Fortepiano Composers,” The Piano 392 (2014): 92-96.
“The Eighteenth Century French Fortepiano Composers,” The Piano 393 (2014): 160-163.
“The Evolving Piano and Frederick Chopin,” The Piano 394 (2015): 145-147.
“The Romantic Fortepiano Music of Beethoven and Schubert,” The Piano 396 (2015): 153-155.
“The Young Liszt and the Fortepiano,” The Piano 397 (2015): 107-109.

Keyboard Performance Forum