Accompanist Biographies

Dalaie Choi

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dalaie Choi received her B.M at Yonsei University, where she studied church music with a major in Choral Conducting with Haeok Eunice Bang-Kim. She also holds minors in organ and voice. Also at Yonsei University, she received her Master of Music Degree in Music History, where she studied with Sewon Hong. After moving to USA, she studied music history at Temple University in Philadelphia and then transferred to the University of Iowa. She got a master degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. Recently, she had a rededication recital at First Congregational Church in Moline. In addition, she made in an interview and performing on channel, KWQC news ‘Fran Riley Features’.  Dalaie as a doctoral student, currently studies organ with Dr. Gregory Hand in the University of Iowa, and also pursues to get a sacred music certificate.

Korak Lertpibulchai

An active Thai Pianist, has performed across the Midwest, Italy and Thailand. She has been awarded several Prizes from International and National competitions such as 2014 Schlern International Competition (Italy), the 11th Thailand Youth Music Competition, etc. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa where she serves as a pianist for the Center for New Music and the Department of Dance.

Asami Hagiwara

Asami is a D.M.A. student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa.  She is currently working on her dissertation while actively teaching, accompanying, and performing in this area. 

Seong-Sil Kim

Seong-Sil Kim, a native of Korea, is a collaborative pianist at the University of Iowa Dance Department’s Youth Ballet, a pianist of Choral Activities at Iowa City West High School, and a director of music at the Iowa City Korean United Methodist Church. She also has taught at Luther College and the Marion Music Academy.

Ms. Kim is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where she is studying with Dr. Uriel Tsachor and Dr. Alan Huckleberry.

Helen Ninoska Mendez

Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Helen is a soloist and collaborative pianist. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Art degree at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova

Grace Leong Zhe Fui

Grace was born in Tawau, Malaysia and began playing the piano after falling in love with video game music. Her love for traveling and music led her to a career in performing all around Asia traveling on cruises, pubs and hotels in Macau, Singapore, and Thailand. She received her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at WVU as a recipient of the Fine Arts Scholarship.She was invited to participate at the Annual West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival in 2012 and Iowa Jazz Festival 2014. Grace is currently finishing her Master of Music in Jazz Studies in UIOWA as a teaching assistant and is actively performing in local restaurants and pubs. Besides music, she has a great passion for food.  

Hana Song

Hana is an active pianist from South Korea. She has performed in variety cities all over the world including, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Sicily in Italy. Her debut was at Seoul Arts Center when she was 15 years old for the first prize winner's concert of Seoul Youth Competition, South Korea, and most recently performed in Benaroya Hall, the biggest hall in Seattle, 2013. She was awarded the "Dean's scholarship" while she attend Indiana University Bloomington for her Master's degree, and was awarded American Dalcroze Society's Scholarship 2005, which allowed her invited to Dalcroze Workshop in Carnegie Mellon University. She was also accepted to Anthropology program in Yonsei University, Seoul, 2010. Now, she is working as Teaching Assistant, with the guidance of Dr. Uriel Tsachor, at University of Iowa.