"Eunbi Kim is more than a pianist.
She sees music as part of a larger cultural world..."
-John Schaefer, WNYC
Eunbi Kim (pronounced OON-bee, like book; click here for pronunciation) creates intimate experiences that transcend the conventions of the piano recital and has been noted for her “creative curiosity and fearless experimentation” (New York Public Radio). Kim’s recent album It Feels Like debuted at #2 on Billboard Classical Charts. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and Greene Space WNYC/WQXR and has held residencies at Gilmore Piano Festival and Bennington College. Her repertoire includes works written for her by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Pauchi Sasaki as well as Toby Twining’s pieces for toy piano and rare concert works by jazz great Fred Hersh.
Inspired partially by temporary memory loss after the birth of her daughter, Eunbi developed a sonic memoir titled it feels like a dream featuring music from the album and immersive projections by new media artist Xuan. This multimedia performance was created as part of an artist residency and premiered to a sold-out audience at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.
Her projects offer audiences the opportunity to tap into their unconscious pool of memories, dreams, and desires. Past projects include creating music-theater work Murakami Music: Stories of Loss and Nostalgia inspired by the music and pianist characters featured in works by contemporary Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. This project was profiled in the documentary, “The World Reads Murakami,” on NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting.
Her performance credits include a concert-meditation program at Lincoln Center, an album release party at Joe's Pub, and a TEDx Talk. Kim’s recent album It Feels Like deals with themes of childhood, family and memory. It features world premiere recordings of works written for her by Angélica Negrón, Pauchi Sasaki, Sophia Jani, and DBR. Drawing from the album and its themes, Kim additionally created a 4-night performance and conversation series, also titled It Feels Like, as an Artist-in-Residence at WNYC/WQXR’s The Greene Space.
Kim holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for New York Foundation for the Arts and is co-founder of bespoken, a mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary musicians. Eunbi lives in New York City.