Described by the New York Concert Review as “a genuinely engaging and musicianly performer,” South Korean pianist Kate Bae maintains a diverse career as a performer and educator. After her first appearance as a concerto performer at the age of fifteen with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, she debuted in New York 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 solo, chamber, and concerto performances in Germany, Korea, Italy, and the United States. Her festival appearances as a performer and faculty member include Pienza Music Festival in Italy, Alexandria Festival of the Lakes, Bravo! Summer Music Academy, Music 08 Festival, and Grandin Music Festival.
As an educator, Bae currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Piano at Texas A&M University - Central Texas and Temple College. She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Morris, and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is frequently invited to adjudicate competitions and present masterclasses.
A native of Busan, South Korea, Bae earned a Diplom at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany, a Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Her principal piano studies were with Lydia Artymiw, James Tocco, and Ick-Choo Moon. Her chamber music teachers included Walter Levin, Sally O’Reilly, Ulf Tischbirek, and Barbara Westphal.
Dr. Bae resides in Texas with her husband, Alexander Corbett, who serves as Director of Orchestral Studies and Director of Strings at Temple College and Texas A&M University - Central Texas.