Teacher Bio: Andrei Baumann
Mondays and Tuesdays
What parents say about Andrei:
"Andrei has been teaching piano to my 8 year old son for the past year. In addition to being an exceedingly talented musician, Andrei is a fantastic teacher and very patient. I see steady progression, and my son’s confidence with notes, rhythm and learning new music grows every week. I like that lessons tend to be a combination of skill- building and fun experimentation with some of my son’s favorite songs. I look forward to seeing their continued progress!"
"Andrei is a fantastic piano teacher in so many ways. He has taken the time to connect with our 7 year old son, paying attention to his musical interests and selecting songs based on these. Our son feels valued and challenged by Andrei. Even when thing were all wonky at the start of COVID, Andrei did not skip a beat in the transition to virtual lessons. He is fantastic partner for us, as parents, working together to help instill a love and passion for music."
An active soloist, chamber musician, Andrei Baumann has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Canada and Venezuela. As winner of the 2009 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, he performed with the quartet in Jordan Hall on January 29th, 2009. His Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall occurred in May 2008 with violinist Lily Francis as part of the Distinctive Debuts series. Other notable performances include a solo recital on the Sundays Live Concert Series at Los Angeles County Arts Museum which was broadcast by KCSN, 88.5 FM, solo recitals at the Crocker Art Museum Classical Music Series in California, performances at Caramoor Festival and with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. Andrei has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished artists as Elisso Wirssaladze, Pavel Gililov, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank and Marc Durand. Among the numerous festivals he has participated in are Corsi in Sermoneta, Italy; Ost-West Musikfest in Krems, Austria; Internationaler Kammermusikkurs in Böhlen, Germany; Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland; Banff Centre for the Arts and Orford Arts Centre in Canada; and in the USA, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program.
Recent performances have included a Mothers Day performance (2017) of the Grieg Piano Concerto with Peter Jaffe and the Auburn Symphony, and numerous chamber music performances with cellist Susan Lamb Cook and friends. Andrei is a frequent performer at the Mondavi Center, Harris Center, Crocker Art Museum and others venues in Northern California. He also recently released a second album Miroirs, which includes works by Bach, Debussy and Ravel.
Andrei has a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, a Künstlerischer Ausbildung Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. His most influential teachers have been Andre Laplante, Jamie Saltman and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
A seasoned educator, Andrei has been a piano faculty member at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. He has also worked as Head of the Piano Department at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine, and piano faculty at the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Workshop. Additionally, he has been a jury member at the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition at Rivers School Conservatory in Weston.
Teacher Bio: Hyoseul Grace Kim
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Hyoseul Grace Kim is a classical pianist and a piano instructor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Piano Performance and Psychology and Carnegie Mellon University. Then, she completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Molloy College in New York. She studied classical piano with Jeffrey Cohen at Manhattan School of Music and Hannah Li at Carnegie Mellon University.
Since she was first recognized as a classical pianist at age 8 by winning at a regional competition in her native country, South Korea, she has performed at numerous recitals and accompanied at schools, colleges, and church. In 2011, Grace won the first place at Crescendo International Competition in both solo and chamber division, which led to her debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2012, she was featured as a soloist playing with the Ureuk Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall.
She currently works as a pianist at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and teaches piano privately to diverse populations, including children with special needs (click here to learn more about adaptive piano lessons). Her passion for creating the best learning experience catered for each student has encouraged her students to grow their musicality and to enjoy music.