Pianist Kim Bakkum has recently relocated to Taos from the Akron/Cleveland area, where she has been performing, teaching, adjudicating, and working in community arts for twenty five years. She holds her professional degrees in piano performance from Montana State University, Western Michigan University, and the AIMS Opera and Lieder program in Graz, Austria. She has also completed additional studies in collaborative piano in Vienna, Austria, where she resided for a year. Her collaborations in Vienna included summer seminars with members of the Vienna Symphony in their summer flute and percussion seminars. Kim has enjoyed a variety of chamber collaborations with Singers Company, of Akron. The group has performed internationally in competition; concertized at numerous venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; presented residencies in Italy and Spain; and has also been featured in performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. . Instrumental collaborations have included performances at the National Flute and National Clarinet conventions with flutist, Jane Berkner and clarinetist, Kris Belisle-Jones. Jane and Kim can be heard on their CD entitled “In Cynthia’s Garden” – which features composers from the Akron/Cleveland area.
While in Ohio, Kim developed a vibrant, independent piano studio in Akron, where she became recognized for her creative and imaginative work with younger students. In addition to their regular participation in studio recitals, competitions and festivals, her students also contributed performances and outreach activities which served community-based venues such as retirement villages, Hospice facilities, and public school performances. Kim has always been active as an adjudicator and clinician, having most recently adjudicated for the Gilmore Keyfest, a student event sponsored by the Gilmore Piano Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to her independent piano studio teaching, she has also served on the faculties of Kent State and the University of Akron, where she taught private piano, was a guest lecturer in piano pedagogy, and performed as collaborative pianist. Kim served the Ohio Music Teachers Association as member and officer. She served the Akron local affiliate as its president, vice president, and secretary. For two years, Kim was Program Chair for Ohio’s State Convention. She has also been an active member of the Federation of Music Clubs, entering her students in concerto and solo piano events, and has served as a frequent Adjudicator for the Federation.
For five years, Kim also chaired Western Michigan University’s two-week Piano Seminar for talented high school students, who attended from throughout the U.S. She has also authored pedagogical articles for Keyboard Companion and Junior Keynotes, as well having contributed concert reviews for Tuesday Musical Association (National Federation of Music Clubs) meetings in Akron.
Currently, Kim continues to perform collaboratively while developing a private studio in Taos, New Mexico.