Rachel Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, began her formal piano studies with Helen Smith Tarchalski at the age of 11. Throughout her early years, she has been a prizewinner in numerous solo and ensemble competitions around the Washington, D.C/Metropolitan area and was presented with the Distinguished Music Achievement Award by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Piano Performance and is currently a Master of Music candidate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she serves as graduate assistant to Paul Hersh. Her previous teachers also include Marilyn Neeley and Jose Ramos Santana. During her undergraduate years, she participated in numerous summer festivals around the US and in Europe, collaborated with various vocal and instrumental ensembles in the university, and went on to become a member of the Trio Tempestua, giving recitals in several important music venues around the area. Along with performing, Ms. Kim is equally passionate about teaching and sharing music and has been an instructor in both private and non-profit communities for many years. She is a pioneering member of Talent Education Art and Mentoring program, a summer music festival dedicated to providing opportunities to low-income districts with limited access to music education. Upon relocation to San Diego in 2010, she has been a private instructor at San Diego’s only non-profit community center, Villa Musica, for the past two years. Her approach to pedagogy encompasses both structure and a nurturing, encouraging attitude.