My conversation with Eunbi Kim was absolutely fascinating.
We talked about mentorship and motherhood and artistry, all of which feel so closely related.
There’s a myth out there about the self-centeredness of artists, about a certain kind of creator who reserves all of their best energy for their MUSIC, letting personal relationships fall by the wayside. I look at a work like Sunday in the Park – the Sondheim musical – which is all about an artist so selfish he ruins the chance of happiness for himself and for the people around him.
But in my conversation with Eunbi, we looked at what it means to have ACCEPTED mentoring and help, and to GIVE BACK by mentoring others. We considered the sacrifices our own mothers have made and what we have done and continue to do for our children. We looked at how it’s possible to be artists AND nurturing, loving humans.
“Creating performances expressing dreamlike “liquid elegance,” pianist Eunbi Kim curates programs compelling audiences to meditate on the parts of themselves that are deeply buried. Her intimate performances draw from collaborations with composers, filmmakers, and theater directors to create experiences beyond the boundaries of the piano recital format.
Guided by personal experiences, her recently released album “It Feels Like” (which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Charts) confronts the multiplicity of truths behind memories, language, and identity and includes world premiere recordings of new works by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Pauchi Sasaki, Angélica Negrón, and Sophia Jani. Last spring, she was an Artist-in-Residence at WNYC’s The Greene Space to work on a 4-night series inspired by the album that explores rituals of healing and disparate identities through music, performance, conversations, and food.
Kim holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she also held a fellowship in the institution’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship. 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 women in music. “
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