Piano Performance

Helena Hyesoo Kim

Korean-Canadian Pianist based in Cincinnati

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Helena Hyesoo Kim is a Korean-Canadian pianist who enjoys connecting with communities through her performances, teaching, and outreach. Her performances have been acclaimed as “sensitive”, “charming” and “noble.” At the age of eleven, she performed with the Poland Chamber Orchestra in South Korea. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Russia, Chile, Holland, France, Canada, and the United States. She has been performed a recitals presenting works by underrepresented Soviet female composers in the twentieth century.  The recitals featured works of Nikolai Roslavets and Sofia Gubaidulina, and Galina Ustvolskaya demonstrated her passion for the discovery of unfamiliar works of highly artistic composers.

After studying at the Specialized Music High School of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, named after Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, she decided to explore a different area of discipline. Helena graduated with a dual degree in Science (Physiology and Psychology) and Music (Piano Performance) from the University of British Columbia. After graduating from her dual degree program, she started working for a contemporary music concert organization, Music on Main, and taught at the Mozart School of Music in Vancouver, B.C. During this two year working period, she rediscovered her passion for performing and set out to pursue a Master’s in Piano Performance at McGill University.

She is also an enthusiastic and experienced teacher who has been teaching piano students for fifteen years. She has taught students at various levels across all age groups. Helena has taken many piano pedagogy classes in different schools gaining various perspectives. Many of her students have won prizes in festivals and entered to prestigious music programs in Canada. Helena taught privately and worked in the Mozart School of Music at Vancouver and Linda School of Music at Montreal. Also, she has taught at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for piano literature and a group piano class. She is currently teaching at Willis Music in Kenwood, Ohio.  Helena also presented in many piano pedagogy conferences, including Florida State Teachers' Associations, MTNA National Conference and NCKP Piano Conference. 

Helena has actively performed recitals and chamber music at international music festivals, including the Gijon International Music Festival, the Holland International Music Sessions, and the Orford Music Festival. She has competed in numerous national and international competitions. She won many prizes in numerous competitions including Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, CCM concerto competition, Robert Beardsley Competition, the Russian International Music Festival, among several others at Korean national competitions. She reached the semi-finals in the Prix d’Europe (Montreal) and the Seattle International Competition.

Collaborating with different musicians and artists is a significant part of her career. Helena worked as a graduate assistant in instrumental collaborative piano and singers at College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as collaborative graduate assistant. Also, she has performed in various ensemble settings, including piano trios, woodwind quintets, and contemporary ensemble. In addition to her chamber music studies, she participated in Orford Piano Trio workshop and Vancouver International Song Institute.  She also has played in big ensembles. She played in both University of British Columbia Orchestra, and the Contemporary Music Ensembles at both McGill and University of British Columbia, being broadcasted by CBC national radio.

In addition to teaching and performing activities, she builds artistic communities through concert series. She organized a benefit concert for the Canadian Cancer Society and worked at Music on Main, a contemporary and multi-cultural concert organization as an intern for marketing and artist relations. She has volunteered as a Music Director for Costal Mental Health. 

Helena has studied with various teachers, including Eugene Skovorodnikov in British Columbia, Kyoko Hashimoto at McGill University, and privately with Mark Anderson, Ian Parker, Paul Stewart and Joya Sapiton.  She has also completed masterclasses with worldwide musicians and great pedagogues, including Mihail Verskrensky, Ronan O’Hora, Pascal Nemirovsky, Ewa Kupiec, Logan Skelton, Jose Mendez, Jean Sauliner, James Giles, Alon Goldstein, and Griffin Trio.  

Currently, she working as a coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of Akron and finishing her Doctorate under the guidance of Professor Ran Dank at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.



Exploring Diverse Repertoire and Teaching Methods


Piano Sonatas by Twentieth Century Soviet Female Composers

Sofia Gubaidulina and Galina Ustvolskaya

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Four Hands Music Project with Curtis Pavey

Music by Schubert and Ravel

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Teacher and Pupil at Piano Lesson

Various Teaching Methods

Virtual Effectiveness in Piano Teaching (MTNA National Conference)
What We Say Matters (Kentucky/Ohio 2021)
Exploring Intermediate Repertoire (2020-2021) MTNA

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Repertoire List

Solo Concertos

Mozart Concerto in A major K.414/385p

Mozart Concerto in D-minor K.488

Mozart Concerto in C-major K.503 

Chopin concerto in E minor No.1 Op.11 in e minor 

Rachmaninoff concerto No.2 op.18

Beethoven concerto No.3, Op.37

Beethoven concerto No.4, Op.58

Beethoven Concerto No.5, Op.73

Solo Works

My solo repertoire covers from Baroque to Contemporary Music. Please check following document

Collaborative Piano

I worked as a collaborative piano GA at College-Conservatory of Music with experience of playing with string and woodwind, and brass instrumentalists as well as many vocalists as well as in large ensembles.

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Interdisciplinary Projects

Helena Hyesoo Kim loves collaborating with other musicians as well as performing solo for individuals. If you’re looking for a top musician who will be a pleasure to work with on Music Arrangements, look no further. Whatever your musical need, Helena Hyesoo Kim is here to make sure yours are met in the most professional way.



As an experienced musician, Helena Hyesoo Kim is able to offer clients a wide range of services, including professional Recording Sessions. Whatever your musical needs and requirements, you can count on Helena Hyesoo Kim to get the job done in the most efficient way. Get a taste of the Helena Hyesoo Kim sound, and feel free to get in touch to schedule a personal meeting.

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Live Performances

You can rest assured knowing that you’ve found a top musician to work with. With an ability to bring a distinctive sound to every project they work on, you’ll love working with Helena Hyesoo Kim. If you’re looking for a professional musician to collaborate as part of your Live Performances, feel free to get in touch.

Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B-minor S.178
Scriabin Impromptu Op. 14
Brahms Klavierstuck op.119  Intermezzo in B-minor
Nº 34 Helena Kim XVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE PIANO 2015 Gijón Asturias



Piano Performance