KIHWA KIM 32, born in Gwangju, South Korea, is a doctoral student at UT Butler School of Music, where she studies with Anne Epperson. Previously, Ms. Kim worked as a staff pianist at Northern Kentucky University (2015-2016) and as an opera coach for the Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea in their production of La Boheme (2016). Before moving to the United States, Ms. Kim worked as an orchestral pianist for the City of Mokpo Symphony Orchestra (2007-2009), and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea, where she received the honorary chancellor’s award. Ms. Kim also achieved her master’s degree in collaborative piano and an artist diploma in opera coaching at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.