Dr. Namji C. Kim
Associate Professor of Music
Coordinator of Keyboard Division
D.Mus., Manhattan School of Music
M.M., B.M., The Juilliard School
Conservatoire National Superieur De Musique de Paris, France
Academic Areas: applied piano, class piano.
Dr. Namji C. Kim
260 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Born in Denver, Colorado, Namji Clara Kim began piano studies at the age of six and gave her first recital at the age of eight at the Theatre Andre Malraux in France. Majoring both in piano and harmony at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, she studied piano with Germaine Mounier, Lucette Descaves, Ventsislav Yankoff, and harmony with Roger Boutry. During her studies, she performed on master classes given by Olivier Messiaen, Hans Leygraf, and Andrej Jasinsky. She graduated from the National Superior Conservatory of Paris with First Prizes (Premiers Prix) in piano, chamber music, and harmony.
Ms. Kim obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Gyorgy Sandor. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky. Her doctoral thesis was a study of prosody in French Operas and the interrelationship between poetry and music. She published a review on the books, MESSIAEN's Contemplations of COVENANT and INCARNATION, MESSIAEN's Interpretations of Holiness and Trinity, MESSIAEN's Explorations of Love and Death by Siglind Bruhn in the 2012 Boston College Journal Religion and the Arts.
A finalist at the Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris and at the Chopin International Competition in Majorca, and Garrison Piano Competition, as well as a Prize Winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee and a winner at the Piano Texas 2011 Concerto Competition. Ms. Kim’s concert schedule has included performances around North America, Europe, Russia, and Korea, where in addition to her recitals she appeared on television and radio broadcasts. Also an active accompanist, Ms. Kim has accompanied singers in the master classes of Ned Rorem and Louise Talma, as well as accompanying for the vocal studios of Gabor Carelli, Paul Sperry, Cynthia Hoffmann, and Gary Kendall. Her chamber music activities include performances within various string ensembles and duos with wind and brass instruments notably performances with cellist Paul Kosower, flutist Tim Lane, clarinetist Robert Spring and trumpeter Thomas Pfotenhauer. Recent performances include solo and chamber recitals on Wisconsin Public Radio, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, and University of Washington.
Namji Kim is an active pedagogue in chamber music, piano, and music theory. Her activities have included preparing students at the Manhattan School of Music for the doctoral examinations in Music History and Theory, preparing piano students for the Juilliard School’s entrance auditions, chamber musicians, and teaching piano. In 1994, she was a visiting artist at Yonsei University in Seoul (Korea) where she gave a series of lecture recitals.
Dr. Namji C. Kim is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and teaches applied piano and class piano. Before joining the keyboard division faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ms. Kim served on music faculties of Graceland University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In addition to her teaching and performing, she frequently adjudicates competitions throughout the Wisconsin area.