Hwa-Jin Kim

Professor of Music

Contact Information

  • hkim@unca.edu
  • 251-6594
  • 117C Lipinsky Hall

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Note: And also by appointment


Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim was born in Daegu, South Korea, where she began her piano studies at the age of five. At age seven, she was chosen to perform at MBC Television Station in Daegu, and at age fourteen, she appeared as a soloist with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra, performing Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. She won numerous competitions and entered the prestigious Seoul National University in South Korea on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, she came to New York to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Kim has performed in South Korea, Italy and many other venues in Boston, Rhode Island, and New York, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Kim was the youngest faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and Reformed Presbyterian Seminary of the East, teaching piano and music literature and history. She also taught at Brown University in Rhode Island. After moving to the Asheville/Hendersonville area of North Carolina in 2000 with her husband, Dr. Paul Kim and their two daughters. Dr. Kim has been featured as a soloist in numerous concert series and benefit concerts. She actively works as soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, masterclass clinician and teacher as well as competition adjudicator. Dr. Kim joined the music faculty at University of North Carolina Asheville in 2003. To promote classical music in the community, Dr. Kim founded Asheville Chopin Club in 2016 and has produced very successful concerts.

Dr. Kim is the creator and director of UNC Asheville Summer Piano Camp since 2018 for students between 6th and 12th grades.

Piano with Dr. Kim



  • B.M.     Seoul National University
  • M.M.    Manhattan School of Music
  • D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music

Courses Taught

  • Applied Piano
  • Levels 191-492
  • Class Piano I
  • Class Piano II
  • Intro Music Theory
  • Music Theory 1


The Piano in Igor Stravinsky’s Orchestral Works