Aran Kim


Born and raised in Dae-Jeon, South Korea, Aran received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona in May 2019. Her musical education journey in the States began when she started at Kilgore College, TX as a freshman piano major. While studying at Kilgore, she won Anne Dean Turk Piano Concerto in 2004 and received the Friends of Music Scholarship. She was chosen as the Most Outstanding Music Student by the music faculty and graduated with honors. In 2008, Aran graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she was the recipient of the Music Excellence Scholarship, the Ferrell/Freeman Distinguished Musicianship Award, the Carl & Frances Hyatt Endowment Scholarship, and the Transfer Academic Scholarship. Aran earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2011, where she worked as a full-time piano and applied lesson instructor, and was accompanist for the University Chorale and Chamber Choir, as well as the Wind Ensemble. In 2010, Aran won second place at the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Young Artist Competition in Arlington, TX. In the summer of 2010, she was selected to attend the prestigious Chautauqua Music Festival in Chautauqua, NY, where she was the finalist in the SAI Piano Concerto Competition. In Spring 2011, Aran won the Annual Concerto Competition at Texas A&M University-Commerce and performed Grieg Concerto with the Wind Ensemble. In May 2013, Aran was invited as a distinguished alumnus of Kilgore College and performed Tchaikovsky Concerto with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Aran is an accompanist for the Jackson Chorale and teaches privately in her piano studio.