Dr. Aram Kim
. Aram Kim began to study piano when he was age 4 and he is performing piano for 30 years and teaching for 20 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. Yuri Noh
As an active performer and thoughtful pedagogue, Dr. Yuri Noh has obtained significant experience as a teaching artist, soloist, and chamber and orchestra performer around the world, including Korea, Italy, Germany, and the US. Born in South Korea, Dr. Noh began her musical journey with the piano at the age of seven. After playing for three years, she transitioned to the violin. She has also played the viola and Baroque violin. Her first solo debut in South Korea was with the Dae-jin orchestra. After moving to the United States in 2012,
she expanded her knowledge and artistic experience by participating in numerous music festivals, performances, and competitions in Italy, Germany, and the USA.
Dr. Noh has performed at various performance venues such as the Giardino del Teatro Olimpico and Teatro Comunale in Italy, and the Charles W. Eisemann Center, Moody Performance Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, and Murchison Performing Arts Center in the US. Recently, she performed as a winner of the Golden Classical International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dr. Noh has had a broad range of orchestral experiences. In 2014 and 2018, she served as a concertmaster with the Round Top Festival Orchestra in the US and International Lyric Academy Symphony Orchestra in Italy. She currently serves as a sectional violin player with the Lewisville Lake Symphony and substitutes violin player for the Abilene Philharmonic, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra.
Currently residing in Dallas area, she loves to teach and work with students. In 2010, Dr. Noh created her own private violin studio. Many of her students were accepted to Universities, All- Region Orchestra, GDYO (Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra) and received Exemplary and Superior ratings in the Solo and Ensemble Contest. She also served as adjunct faculty at Dae-jin University, Korea in 2011.
At the University of North Texas, Dr. Noh earned a masters' degree in Violin Performance and Early Music, and a doctoral degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Felix Olschofka, Clay Couturiaux, and Cynthia Roberts.
Through these musical careers, she has molded herself to be an artistic performer and pedagogue. Dr. Noh believes in the power of music. She regards music, both performance, and education, to be a worthwhile investment for all people around the world. As a result, she constantly strives to provide the opportunity to learn about and experience music to people of all ages.