Kawai Piano Gallery - School of Music

Seatbyeol Kim

  • B.M. (Piano Performance) Seoul National University
  • M.M. (Piano Performance) Eastman School of Music
  • A.D. (Piano Performance)  Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory
  • A.D. (Piano Performance) Rice University
Pianist Saetbyeol Kim is rapidly earning a reputation for her interpretations, which “impress with energy and freshness.” (Liane Curtis of the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.) She has performed as a soloist around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kodak Hall in Rochester, Teatro Civico in Italy, Flagey in Belgium, Petit Palau Hall in Spain, Mozart hall in South Korea, and as a guest recitalist at the ‘Texas State International Festival’. Ms. Kim has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and several others.

Ms. Kim is the first prizewinner of the Dallas International Competition, the Rochester Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the second prizewinner of the Washington International competition, the Louisiana International Piano Competition and Glenn Gould Chamber Competition, and a recipient of special prizes at the San Antonio International competition and New Orleans International  competition.

Ms. Kim is also a sought after chamber music artist, receiving the Sviatoslav Richter award at Rice University, and invitations to perform with internationally renowned violinist Cho–Liang Lin. She is one of the collabrative artists at the La Jolla Summerfest in the summer of 2018.

Ms. Kim holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Enrico Elisi, and holds an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory under Professor Marietta Orlov. Ms. Kim currently studies with Jon Kimura Parker  at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.


Zhu Zhu
  • B.M. (Piano Performance) University of Michigan
  • M.M. (Piano Performance) Rice University
  • D.M.A. (Candidate, Piano Performance) Rice University
Ms. Zhu presently teaches many private students in the Houston area and at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, as well as directing the first Kawai School of Music in North America.

Ms. Zhu completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in the studio of Dr. Logan Skelton, where she received the Stanley Award as the most outstanding undergraduate student at U of M. She’s currently a doctoral candidate of Piano performance at the Shepherd School of Music where she also completed her master’s degree.

Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies Ms. Zhu has become an accomplished and prolific teacher, both in the arenas of private piano and the classroom. She created and taught a music history/theory course involved with traditional Chinese music: “Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture” to an understanding of the people and culture of China through an expressly musical lens. She was also one of two graduate students from the entire university awarded the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship for outstanding achievement and promise.

Ms. Zhu believes as a teacher, she will cultivate and enhance her students’ abilities to understand and appreciate art music, regardless of their ultimate professional pursuits. One of her passions continues to be public performance. She performs frequently with local music organizations in both classical and contemporary musical field, such as Musiqa. Ms Zhu is a member of HMTA and HMFC, and her students have won numerous local piano competitions.

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