Kyunghee Kim–Sutre has been appointed harp faculty at the newly created Tianjin Juilliard School, opening in China in fall 2019. “It is such an honor to be part of the inaugural faculty at such an institution,” Kim–Sutre says. “The TJS will be a comprehensive, conservatory–style music program for students, who will be given ample opportunities to perform in solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts.” With a mission to provide the highest caliber of education from pre–college to graduate studies, the Tianjin Juilliard faculty is comprised of pedagogues from around the world and visiting professors from The Juilliard School in New York City.
When asked about her vision for the program, Kim–Sutre talks first about her educational background. Having first attended Curtis Institute of Music and Indiana University, she then moved to Paris, studying with Brigitte Sylvestre at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique. “Since the double–action harp was invented by Sebastien Erard in France, we naturally have many French masterpieces,” she says. Her time in Paris performing with many French musicians helped her understand French music more deeply. “My mission at the Tianjin Juilliard School will be as a performer to play and promote this very special repertoire and as a professor to help students improve the important skills that will allow them to express at its best the composer’s intention. To transmit this French heritage here in China is one of the most exciting projects of my life.”