Dr. Aram Kim
. Aram Kim began to study piano when he was age 4 and he is performing piano for 26 years and teaching for 17 years. During his college period he studied at Kyunghee University in South Korea with professor Seo, who is a pupil of French composer Olivier Messiaen and his wife, Yvonne Loriod. Aram came to America in 2003 and continued to develop piano skills with top-class pianists such as Dr. Pamela Mia Paul and Professor Wodnicki at the University of North Texas. Under these dedicated teachers, he won various competitions in United States for twelve years.
While Aram was obtaining master’s degree at U.N.T. he performed various piano solo works of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt including their piano concertos. He also acquired a lot of opportunities as a collaborative pianist while he was studying with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli. Since he participated in vocal accompanying, chamber music and other concerto works for audition and recitals, Aram enhanced diverse collaborative repertoires from the Baroque to the 21st Century.
Aram’s doctoral period at U.N.T. led him not only to build up his own characteristics of music but also to study integrated research of music that is a strong basis for his piano performance. Moreover, conducting orchestra, which was his related field for 4 years, affected him to investigate Beethoven’s symphonies and its’ arrangements for various piano works of other contemporary composers. This topic inspired him to initiate his doctoral dissertation, “Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Transcriptions of Beethoven´s Symphony No.2 Op.36: a Comparison of the Solo Piano and the Piano Quartet Version. Scholars and performers are evaluating the dissertation as an impressive method that refocuses a forgotten composer, Hummel and his piano arrangements of Beethoven symphonies. In fact, multitude of American and European publishing companies such as Proquest and AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG have recommended publishing the dissertation.
Since Aram has studied music, he has worked at church as a music director, conductor, keyboard player and pianist. On weekends, Aram played an electronic synthesizer in a Contemporary Christian Band as a music director at a local church. In 2011, according to God’s calling, his family moved to Gateway Church and Aram is currently serving Gateway Worship service as a keyboardist at Frisco campus.
Since Aram has instituted his private piano lessons in 1997, he has taught many students, and some of them are studying at prominent music schools such as U.N.T. and various colleges in South Korea. Currently, he has 18 piano students, and they proudly achieved their excellences throughout distinguished competitions and recitals. He founded ARK Music Academy in Frisco Texas in 2017.
Dr. Galeoung Kim
A native of Korean, violinist Galeoung Kim was born into a music loving family in 1985. She started to play piano at age six, and violin at age seven. Her first violin instructor was her father whose hobby is playing violin. Later, she decided to continue studying violin as a profession.
After graduating from Busan High School of Arts in Busan (Korea), she earned bachelor's degree in both violin and psychology from Keimyung University. She also earned a teacher's certificate (Secondary School Teacher of Music) that enables her to teach music class at any Korean secondary school.
She worked as a private violin instructor for eight years and a violin teacher at two public elementary schools for one year in Korea until 2012.
In January 2012, she moved to the United States. In the summer of 2015, she received her master's degree in music performance (with a minor in orchestral conducting) from the University of North Texas. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree at UNT, studying violin with Professor Julia Bushkova and a related field in music theory.