Born in South Korea, New Zealand pianist Joohae Kim began learning the piano at the age of three. Dr. Joohae Kim studied piano performance at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, completed her Bachelor and Masters degree in with first class under the guidance of the leading pedagogue Rae de Lisle. She has recently completed her doctoral study, with Dr. Read Gainsford at Florida State University, researching four New Zealand piano preludes from 12 Landscape Preludes and later made her debut at the Carnegie Hall performing this work.
Dr. Kim’s performances have earned numerous prizes in major piano competitions, including Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition and Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition. She also collaborated with Bach Musica Chamber Orchestra of New Zealand performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major K. 467. Dr. Kim’s recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and Concert FM Radio for the Young New Zealand series. She has been a Collaborative Guest Artist in Whitehead Hall, Valdosta State University.
Dr. Kim is an active teacher in her field. She has been teaching assistant in Florida State University and also participated as a teaching faculty in FSU Summer Music camp. For her achievements in both teaching and performing piano, she has been awarded the University of Auckland Blues Awards for Achievement in Music in Piano Performance. She is also a recipient of Miss Willa Chapman Award from the Rotary Club of Tallahassee. As of 2012, Dr. Kim is a Collaborative Faculty Artist in University of Southern Mississippi.