Pianist Paul Kim has led a career dedicated to performance, musicology, and education. He has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, conductors, and chamber musicians. Critics have hailed his "brightest flashes of virtuosity and clear transparent quality" (The New York Times) and "his musical honesty and integrity…his very recognisable strength of character and personality" (Gramophone). He has been featured in interviews, articles, and television and film documentaries in Newsweek, PBS, NPR, CNN, BBC and other media outlets.
An authority on Olivier Messiaen, Paul Kim is recognized for his performances, scholarship, and recordings of Messiaen's complete piano works (on 7 CDs) which were selected as "Best of 2005" by All Music Guide. His current project is the recording and publication of the complete Beethoven symphonies in new piano transcriptions. Critics have noted the textual fidelity and clarity, adding that "Kim's solid work should easily attract transcription enthusiasts to this release" (ClassicsToday).
Paul Kim has performed with his wife, soprano Judith Jeon, as well as with their pianist sons Matthew and James. With Matthew Dr. Kim has recorded Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for two pianos. His journey in music and faith is featured in the book Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist, written by Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University.
Paul Kim has studied at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music (B.M. and M.M.), and New York University (Ph.D.). Today he maintains an active schedule of concerts, master classes and guest lecture appearances around the world. Dr. Kim is a professor of piano and music history at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.