Kihwa Kim is a versatile collaborative pianist who is well-versed in the areas of vocal and instrumental music. Prior to joining the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio for the 2021/2022 season, Kihwa served on the faculty of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
Kihwa has built a professional career as an opera/vocal coach, working with several opera companies including Dayton Opera, Opera Neo, Knoxville Opera, First Coast Opera, Chonnam National University (Gwangju, South Korea), Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Kangsookja Opera Line (Gwangju, South Korea).
She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, where she received the Vocal Piano Fellowship Award (2017, 2018).
Along with her experience as an opera/vocal coach, Kihwa held the position of orchestra pianist at City of Mokpo Symphony Orchestra in South Korea (2007-2009) and staff pianist at Northern Kentucky University (2014-2016).