South Korean Pianist Plays Benefit for Bergen Arts

PARAMUS, N.J – World-renowned pianist Edwin Sungpil Kim will bring his unique blend of “magic in atmosphere, individuality and poise” (International Piano Magazine) to the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College for a fundraising performance in April.

“Touch the Music: An Evening with Edwin Sungpil Kim” will feature the artist’s signature style, which weaves audience interaction into his concerts. Cellist DoYeon Kim and vocalist Hyun Joon Shin will join Kim on stage as well. Proceeds from the event will support the creation of a “cultural enrichment” endowment through the Bergen Community College Foundation that will support arts programming at the institution.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the College’s main campus, located at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus, New Jersey. All $40 general admission tickets - $10 for students - include a guaranteed seat for the Kim performance and a post-event “afterglow” dessert and coffee reception in the theatre lobby. The College will also offer $100 tickets that include admission to the performance, afterglow reception and a pre-event cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. in Gallery Bergen, the institution’s art exhibition space. The Gallery Bergen cocktail hour will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity for guests to explore the “Arrivals/Departures - East80West” exhibition on immigration currently on view. Visit to purchase all ticket packages.

As a fundraiser for the newly established arts endowment, the College Foundation has created numerous sponsorship opportunities that include reserved seating, promotional recognition and other special perks. For more information, contact Vice President of External Affairs Suzanne Wetzel at or (201) 879-7650.

Kim has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist across North America and in his native South Korea at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Seoul Arts Center and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire includes timeless masterpieces and new compositions of his own crafting.

He received a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees as well. He also studied at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

Photo caption: Pianist Edwin Sungpil Kim has performed throughout the world, including at the Sydney Opera House.

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