Described by the New York Concert Review as “a genuinely engaging and musicianly performer,” South Korean pianist Kate Bae maintains a diverse international career as a performer and educator. She first appeared as a concerto performer at the age of fifteen with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. She debuted in New York in 2006 with the New York Sinfonietta at the Mozart 25 Piano Concerti Series at the Yamaha Center Piano Salon of Yamaha Artist Service, Inc. Throughout her career she has presented countless solo and chamber recitals in Asia, Europe, and North America.
As an educator, Bae currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Piano at Temple College and Texas A&M University - Central Texas in Texas. She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Morris, and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She has been invited to teach and perform at many festivals, including the Pienza Music Festival (Pienza, Italy), Alexandria Festival of the Lakes (MN, USA), Bravo! Summer Music Academy (MN, USA), Music 08 Festival (OH, USA), and Grandin Music Festival (OH, USA). She is frequently invited to adjudicate competitions and present master classes.
Dr. Bae began her studies in South Korea with Ick-Choo Moon, Tibor Hazay, Paetrick O’Byrne, Soojung Shin, and Chungmo Kang. She earned a Diplom at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany where she studied piano with James Tocco and chamber music with Walter Levin. She went on to earn her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with Mr. Tocco at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. She then earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance with Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she was a Graduate Assistant and an Interim Supervisor for the Piano TAs and the Piano Pedagogy Department.
Dr. Bae resides with her husband, Alexander Corbett, who serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at Temple College in Temple, Texas.