Many of Jeeyoon’s fans love her performance style, bringing sensitive and sincere musical expressions and a personal approach to the audience through her music. Jeeyoon’s followers often comment that her concerts are more like ‘experiences’ than just a piano concert.
Classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim’s greatest passion is music and connection. Her insightful commentary from the stage at her concerts started with her wish to connect with an audience. She is much more than just a pianist who performs music and afterwards disappears from crowds.
“The more I have a deeper relationship with a piece, the more I want to bring others with me in that space. It is too beautiful to miss out. Music speaks for itself, but if there is a way to have more people appreciate music at a performance, even in that 1% of a chance, I would do it!”
Jeeyoon began studying music when she was just 4 years old. Her parents have commented that she was always a happy musical child who loved to sing and be around music. After her study in Korea until her undergraduate studies majoring in piano performance, she came to United States. She received her Masters of Music and Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, known as one of the leading musical programs in the world. Jeeyoon graduated with distinction as a top student. She describes her study at Indiana University as the “most nurturing and enriching musical dream that she did not want to wake up from”. She says “In Indiana, you can feel that the people are real, the music is real, and even a competition is real. But the difference here is that you realize that the competition is within yourself. You have to keep growing against you in the past.” Known as having four distinct seasons with beautiful blooming spring and colorful fall, Jeeyoon considers Indiana her second home in her heart.
Today, as a classical concert pianist, Jeeyoon performs for audiences in concert halls all over the United States, from San Francisco to New York. Her global performance appearances include Carnegie Hall in New York, Experience Series of Captivate Artists in San Francisco, Chicago FortePiano Salon Live Series, WFMT, 98.7, Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, GloVil Art Hall in Korea, Judson Park Auditorium in Cleveland, the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, and the La Jolla Music Society Series. As an active chamber musician, she has collaborated with other soloists including violinist Phillippe Quint, Ning Feng and Cellist Johannes Moser.
“Her concert is an experience of shared feeling, of that impersonal intimacy that music can provide. In that sharing we find ourselves…”
/ From the carnegie Hall debut review /
“Twenty four hours a day isn't enough time for all of what I want to do with my life, but it is full of music and connection. That is what makes me feel alive. I wake up in the morning with music in my head and my morning practice, and go to bed after spending many hours of practicing. In between I swim, teach, perform, and appreciate beautiful food. Those long hours of daily practice have been a part of my life as long as I remember, and I don’t have a concept of that it is easy or hard, it is just how it is! I have always hoped that at some point, my music would be delivered to someone’s heart. I can’t think of better way of spending my life.”