Photo of KIM BAKKUM

Kim Bakkum, piano

   

    Pianist Kim Bakkum has recently relocated to Taos from the Akron/Cleveland area, where she has been performing, teaching, adjudicating, and working in community arts for twenty-five years. She holds her professional degrees in piano performance from Montana State University, Western Michigan University, and the AIMS Opera and Lieder program in Graz, Austria. She has also completed additional studies in collaborative piano in Vienna, Austria, where she resided for a year. Her collaborations in Vienna included summer seminars with members of the Vienna Symphony in their summer flute and percussion seminars. 
   Bakkum has enjoyed collaborating for ten years with Singers Companye, a professional choir from Akron. The group has performed internationally in competition; concertized at numerous venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; presented residencies in Italy and Spain; and has also been featured in numerous performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. In addition to her vocal collaborations, she has played at numerouis  National Flute Conferences as well as International Clarinet Conferences.

    Bakkum has been on faculty at both University of Akron and Kent State University as a staff accompanist for guest artist, faculty and student performances, as well as maintaining a vibrant independent private studio.This summer, she was on the faculty as staff pianist/coach at the Taos Opera Institute. She looks forward to performing this fall with PianoTaos, as well as maintaining her private teaching studio..