All events take place at the Kresge Recital Hall at Augustana University. Tickets are required for the two guest artist recitals, and are sold at the door.

Recital Series:
Monday, June 12
7:30pm Albert Kim
Friday, June 16
7:30pm Paul Sánchez, Kayleen Sánchez, & Guests
Student Recital:
Saturday, June 17 7:30pm All Student Participants in the Academy

2017 Artist Bios

Albert Kim

Albert Kim

American pianist Albert Kim has enthralled audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia with his visceral and poetic readings of the solo and chamber repertory. Mr. Kim made his public debut at the age of ten when he substituted for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz to inaugurate the 500,000th Steinway piano at Carnegie Hall. He made his solo recital debuts in the U.S. and Europe as a Carnegie Hall/European Concert Hall Organization Rising Star, followed by recitals at Ravinia, Caramoor and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a member of the former Kim–Jacobsen–Arron Trio. He has appeared with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Eastman Philharmonia, Ensemble Signal and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and premiered or recorded works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Hilary Tann and Robert Bradshaw. He maintains an active schedule as an arranger, with his solo paraphrase of Ravel’s La Valse and chamber adaptation of Strauss’s Salome receiving recent premieres. He is the pianist of The Tabletop Opera, a multimedia performance collective based in Rochester, New York.

Mr. Kim holds degrees from Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his doctorate with Natalya Antonova. He pursued his formative studies with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He teaches and performs actively throughout the U.S. and China, with recent or upcoming engagements at Yellow Springs Piano Fest, the Castleman Quartet Program, Neskowin Chamber Music, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Dongfang Arts School, the New Piano Collective, Linfield College and Texas State University. Assistant Professor of Music at Linfield College from 2013–2017, he begins his new appointment as Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Central Missouri in fall 2017.

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Paul Tuntland Sánchez

Paul Sanchez
Paul Sánchez Website

Praised as “a great artist” (José Feghali, 2013) and for his “virtuosity and poetry” (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, 2013), pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe, and has appeared on CBS national television and in radio broadcasts nationwide. Sánchez, who lived in Barcelona from 2005–2007 as a Fulbright fellow, is the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha.

An active recording artist featured in six commercial releases as of 2017, he is also an avid composer, and his works have been featured on the Soundset Recordings and Albany labels. Sherod Santos, American poet and translator of the Sappho texts in Sánchez’ song cycle “The journey,” describes Sánchez’ composition as “a magnificent achievement, a work of great innovation and hypnotic effect, impossible to walk away from unmoved.”

His musical partnership with his wife Kayleen Sanchez in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece “Fader, Stilla Våra Andar,” was praised by the composer as “both deeply moving and extraordinarily precise. I couldn’t have asked for a better rendition.”

Dr. Sánchez currently serves as Director of Piano Studies and Director of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has also taught at the Baylor University School of Music and at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent adjudicator in piano competitions throughout the United States, and is the co-founder of the Dakota Sky Academy.

Sánchez studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, and with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Sánchez is a New Piano Collective artist.

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