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MinJeong Kim
MinJeong Kim
Kim wins state piano competition
Northwestern State student advances to regional competition in January
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University student MinJeong Kim recently won first place in the Young Artist division of the annual Louisiana Music Teachers Association piano competition. She will advance to regional competition in January.

Kim performed works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Dutilleux during the 60-minute competition covering the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century periods.

“It was a difficult competition with a great deal of music to rehearse and remember from four different periods,” said Kim, a senior music major from Seoul, South Korea.

Kim was the grand prize winner of the 2011 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition in Monroe. She won the 2011 Rapides Symphony Concerto Competition and the 2009 Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Concerto Aria Competition. She has performed with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

“I think I am continuing to improve as an artist,” she said. “I am able to better understand music and different ways to interpret and perform music.”

Kim studies with Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. Francis Yang. Erik Eklund of Ruston, who studies with Yang won the high school division of the competition.

Two NSU graduate students, Angelica Sanchez and Alonso Saavedra Coles were also in the Young Artists competition.