Kim Tae

Hailed as a “highly skilled improviser” by the New York Times and “prickly and explosive” by the Montreal Gazette, Tae Kim’s rare blend of rigorous execution and whimsical styling creates an interpretation of the classical repertoire all his own.

Tae has gained widespread recognition as a classical pianist and improvisational artist. Part of the ongoing Piano at South Station, Boston, Tae regularly plays on Thursdays in what is considered as “Boston’s living room”. He has soloed with many ensembles, including Cambridge Philharmonic, Yurodivy Chamber Orchestra, Hemenway Strings, and Boston Conservatory Orchestra. The Boston Globe praised his “sparkling performance” of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the BCO as a “glimpse of radiant talent”.

Avid collaborator, Tae regularly performs with Aliana de la Guardia (Guerilla Opera), Andrew Eng (A Far Cry), Augustine Gonzales (from award-winning Gonzales|Kim Duo), and as the pianist for the New England-based Revere Piano Quartet with Jin-Kyung Joen, Ron Gorevic, and Eugene Kim. His unique talent for classical improvisation earned him “Prix d’interprétation André Chevillion–Yvonne Bonnaud” for the premiere of his work, “Translate (2016)” at the 12e Concours international de piano d’Orléans, as well as “Prix–Mention Spéciale Edison Denisov”. Tae has also partnered with “America’s most wired composer”, Tod Machover in such productions as Central Square Theatre’s play “Remembering H.M.”, part of the Edinburgh Festival’s “Repertoire Remix” and as one of the presenters in “Reconstructing Beethoven’s Improvisations”.

Tae’s teachers include Jonathan Bass, Bruce Brubaker, Janice Weber, and Patricia Zander.

Prize List & Awards

  • Prix d'interprétation Chevillion-Bonnaud / ex-aequo – 28-02-2016
  • Prix - Mention Spéciale Edison Denisov – 28-02-2016