Kimi Kawashima

Kimi Kawashima


Full-Time Staff and ADJ
Director of Music


Phone: 801.832.2379


Office Location: Jewett Center


B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music M.M. Rice University, Shepherd School of Music D.M.A. Rice University, Shepherd School of Music Pianist Kimi Kawashima enjoys a committed career as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator in Salt Lake City. She was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio and made her concerto debut with the Toledo Symphony at the age of 14. Ms. Kawashima has performed chamber music for the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music in Context, Musiqa, Aperio, Intermezzo and NOVA Chamber Music Series, and has performed as orchestral keyboardist with the Utah Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She has curated and performed in critically acclaimed programs featured on KUHF's Front Row radio program, Houston's Zilkha Hall, the Cy Twombly Gallery and the Rothko Chapel. A dedicated proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Kawashima has worked with composers Tristan Murail, Anthony Brandt, Frederic Rzewski and Chen Yi, and commissioned Thomas Osborne and Erin Watson. A recipient of the Dean?s Talent Award Scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Kawashima received a 2008 Presser Foundation Award to study various keyboard instruments in France (piano), the Netherlands (fortepiano), and at the University of Michigan (harpsichord). Kimi completed her DMA in piano performance at Rice University, as a student of Brian Connelly. She was selected to perform at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C as part of the Conservatory Project. She was the winner of the Shepherd School Concerto Competition, performing the Concerto for Piano and Strings by Alfred Schnittke with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kawashima's interests and skills also reach into arts administration and fundraising, where she served as the Executive Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series in Utah. She was previously Manager of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation and Managing Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Kimi is Assistant Director of Music and Adjunct piano faculty at Westminster College, where she teaches courses in piano, keyboard skills, and oversees the music department's budgeting, scholarships and recruiting efforts. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Utah.


Music Recruiting, Piano

Dr. Kimi Kawashima