Kay Kim
Instructor, Collaborative Piano, Accompanying
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5903
Courses Taught
Collaborative Piano
Research Interests
Collaborative Piano; Chamber Music

D.M., Northwestern University, Piano performance
M.M., University of Michigan, Piano performance
Specialist Degree, University of Michigan, Chamber music
B.M., Seoul National University, South Korea, Piano performance


As an active collaborator, pianist Kay Kim performs an average of 50 concerts a year both domestically and internationally. She has been one of the pianists of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s conductor’s rehearsals where she played for such artists as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Andrey Boreyko, Stephane Deneve, Manfred Hoeneck, Leonidas Kavacos, Hannah Chang, Ian Bostrich, Mathieu Dufour and Branford Marsalis to name a few. Ms. Kim also performed with the Stradivari Society artists and collaborated with Chicago Chamber Musicians. She has appeared on CBS' Early Show with violinist Itzhak Perlman and in recitals with musical luminaries including violinist Soovin Kim, Kristof Barati and Axel Strauss, hornist Gail Williams, trombonist Peter Ellefson, clarinetists Karl Leister, Mark Nuccio, Philippe Cuper, Steve Cohen, John Yeh and Jorge Montilla, flutists Stefan Hoskuldsson, Jennifer Gunn, John Thorne, Demarre McGill, Carol Wincenc, Lorna Mcghee, bassoonist William Ludwig, oboist Elaine Douvas and tubist Daniel Perantoni. Ms. Kim has been a guest on WFMT radio broadcast programs as well as First Monday Series by Chicago Chamber Musicians and have performed in the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Jewel Box Series. As a member of a musical ambassador group Trio Chicago and Friends since 2006 for seven years, Ms. Kim toured to Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Djibouti, Paraguay, Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Papua New Guinea and Botswana presenting a comprehensive array of American music. 

In recent years, Ms. Kim has performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s subscription concerts with sopranos Sasha Cook and Jennifer Zeltan and members of CSO, given a recital with violinist Fumiaki Miura at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall Series, performed "Le bourgeois gentilhomme" by Richard Strauss in Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra’s subscription concerts, performed with Grammy winner Howard Levy, performed in Lyric Opera’s chamber music series and assisted members of Dallas Symphony, Pittsburg Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in recitals.

Ms. Kim has been taking part in a U.S. domestic concert and teaching tour with her former colleague and mentor Gail Williams and Daniel Perantoni upon the release of a new chamber music recording titled "Conversations" on Summit Records. She can also be heard on a recording titled "A la maniere de Defaye" with trombonist Peter Ellefson.

Ms. Kim has performed annually in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center 2006-2009 during her appointment at Northwestern University as a lecturer in collaborative piano and has given numerous performances with Fast Fish Puppet Company as a solo pianist performing "The Pictures at an Exhibition."

Ms. Kim currently serves as a full-time staff pianist and as an instructor of Collaborative Piano at Northeastern Illinois University. Her previous teaching and staff pianist positions include the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the Juilliard School during the academic year and The Perlman Music Program and Music in the Marche in Italy during the summer.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Kim attended Seoul National University for her undergraduate study and University of Michigan for her graduate degrees. She holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Northwestern University. Her teachers were Jung-Kyu Kim, Louis Nagel, Anton Nel, David Kaiserman and James Giles.

Room FA 125
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5903
Office Hours
Wednesday: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Campus