Friday, 25 September, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Rachel Kim

Rachel Kim is a founding member of Curium, a trio dedicated to the works of woman composers, as well as a pianist with a solo career in the Bay Area and beyond.



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”
I. Das Lebewohl

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
1. Allegro ma non troppo
3. Allegro appassionato
with guest cellist Carlyn Kessler

Florence Price (1887-1953)
Fantasie Negre No. 2 in G Minor

About the artist

Rachel Kim enjoys a diverse and rewarding career as a concert pianist, chamber musician, educator, and mentor in the Bay Area. She is a founding member of San Francisco-based piano trio, Curium. Winners of the 2017 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award sponsored by the Berkeley Piano Club, the trio specializes in performing the works of women composers and has gained momentum among Bay Area audiences of diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2017, they have been invited to perform in some of the Bay Area’s leading concert series, including Old First Concerts, Berkeley Chamber Players, and Four Seasons Arts, among others. Her solo appearances have included venues such as the Kennedy Center Millennial Stage, the Music Center at Strathmore, and San Francisco War Memorial, as well as collaborations with several leading Bay Area musicians. She received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America.

Cellist Carlyn Kessler enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and arts advocate. Carlyn is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees. Carlyn has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Chautauqua Institution and Oracle Arena, as well as in Canada and England. A passionate chamber musician, Carlyn is the cellist of San Francisco-based piano trio Curium, which specializes in the music of female composers, and she was selected as an Emerging Artist Fellow in Chamber Music Silicon Valley’s 2018-2019 season. Before relocating to San Francisco, Carlyn was a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet, Ensemble-In-Residence at The Music Settlement. While at CIM, Carlyn was a member of the Advanced Piano Trio Program, through which she performed in a residency with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Outside the classical realm, Carlyn recently performed on tour with popular artists Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, and she is featured on the soundtrack of the new animated short film “Let’s Eat” (Anamon Studios), scheduled for release this year.