ABOUT

COMPOSER l PIANIST l ORGANIST l HARPSICHORDIST

Image_Marianne_Piano

Described as “Intelligently crafted and quite artful with aural surprises” by Mark Hayes, “Sparkling arrangements with tasteful jazz harmonies and rhythms” by Larry Shackley, and “Incorporating invigorating harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and an assortment of jazz elements” by Douglas Wagner.

Marianne Kim has been noted for her vibrant performances and compositions in a wide diversity of musical styles, such as classical, jazz, Broadway musical, R&B, gospel, traditional & contemporary church music, and more.

As a soloist and collaborative artist, Marianne enjoys performing piano and organ recitals, chamber music and jazz. She has worked for the Lakeside Singers performing highly demanding dual roles of classical accompanist and rhythm section keyboardist since 2005, and served Willow Creek Community Church and the Moody Church over a decade. Marianne is currently a principle organist at Christ Church of Oak Brook.

Marianne has been creating music for piano, organ, choral and instruments, and published them through major publishers, including Lorenz Corp., Hope Publishing, Augsburg Fortress and Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Corp, Concordia Publishing and GIA Publications and has received critical acclaim for her compositions. Marianne’s music has been described as “Intelligently crafted and quite artful with aural surprises” by Mark Hayes, “Sparkling arrangements with tasteful jazz harmonies and rhythms” by Larry Shackley, and “Incorporating invigorating harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and an assortment of jazz elements” by Douglas Wagner.

Born and raised in Busan, Korea, Marianne studied piano and composition at Pusan High School of Arts and earned BM in composition at Pusan National University. Working professionally over 10 years in the United States, she returned to school and earned dual Masters of Music in jazz studies and organ performance with scholarships and prizes from Northern Illinois University.

Marianne is a member of ASCAP and AGO.

Gary Fry

Emmy-winning composer | Arranger | Producer | Conductor | Educator
Marianne is one of the most talented, accomplished, and versatile musicians. Not only does she possess incredible classical technique and sight-reading skills, I have heard her improvise jazz and accompany show tunes— she is absolutely the complete package.

Bob Bowker

Founder and Artistic Director of the Lakeside Singers | Conductor | Singer | Composer | Arranger
Marianne can be measured against the best of the best. She is a sensitive and accomplished accompanist equally at home with classical repertoire, gospel music and jazz. This is truly a remarkable and rare achievement by itself.

Mark Hayes

Composer | Pianist | Conductor | Producer
There is a rich well of creativity within Marianne. She is a bright new talent on the Christian music scene and I expect her to make a great contribution to church music.

Kenrick Mervine

Organist - Colorado Symphony Orchestra | Colorado Bach Ensemble
the extraordinary and rare talents of the finest "Classical" Organist/Pianist and Consummate Jazz Keyboardist. Her Hymn Tune arrangements are always well-crafted and dignified whether conveying a sense of personal spirituality depth or clever playfulness.

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