Our Instructors:

Sungkyeong Kim

         South Korean pianist Sungkyeong Kim has established herself as a versatile solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and educator.  

She has performed internationally both as soloist and guest collaborative artist in Korea, Europe, across the US, and Canada. Her primary teachers include Noel McRobbie, Moon Jung Kim, and Svetozar Ivanov.  As a collaborative pianist, she enjoys competitions, performing, recording, and coaching varied instrumentalists including strings, brass, and woodwinds.   

An educator with over 15 years of teaching experience, Ms. Kim is a highly sought-after piano teacher in the Tampa area. Her students consistently score among the highest ranks in state festivals and competitions. A cornerstone to Ms. Kim’s pedagogical approach includes strong foundational technique and technical skills, as well as notational reading in early stages of development. 

Ms. Kim is a co-founder and full-time faculty at the Winold Music Festival, a chamber music festival for young artists in the Tampa Bay Area. 

Ms. Kim currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she maintains a large private studio and is the collaborative pianist for USF Cello Studio of Professor Scott Kluksdahl.



Fernando Lopez

         Mexican-born pianist Fernando Lopez began his piano studies with Omar Salazar, University of Sonora, at age 7. Early in his career, Mr. Lopez was the recipient of an artist grant from the government of Sonora, Mexico. Mr. Lopez holds performance as well as pedagogy degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of South Florida. His primary teachers include Pedro Vega, Professor Tannis Gibson and Professor Svetozar Ivanov. 

 

As a soloist, has participated in various music festivals such as the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, the Piano Academy & Festival International in St. Andrews, Canada, and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Additionally, Mr. Lopez is an active collaborative pianist, and organizes events and small venue concerts for piano, chamber ensembles, and opera favorites. 

Currently, Mr. Lopez is an adjunct faculty at State College of Florida, teaching class piano and applied piano. He is full-time faculty at the Winold Music Festival, a chamber music festival for young artist in the Tampa Bay Area. 

Mr. Lopez’s unique adaptive pedagogical approach and style is rooted in a deep understanding of sound production through strong foundational technique, notational literacy and fluency, and multi-level theory building blocks. Mr. Lopez enjoys a large private studio in Tampa, Florida.




Guillermo Lopez

         A spinto tenor from Sonora, Mexico, Guillermo López has been hailed as one of the promising voices in Mexico and the United States. Beginning his musical journey as a pianist before college, Mr. López decided to pursue a professional singing career after the quality of his voice was discovered. He has participated as a soloist in the International Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Álamos, Mexico. In 2014 Mr. López performed in the world premiere of the opera Ilegal Alien by the Mexican composer Alfonso Molina. He also participated in the world premiere of the opera El pajecillo de Felipe V by the Mexican composer Antonio de María y Campos in Sonora, México. He worked with the Hermosillo Opera company on the production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale as Ernesto. In 2012 he was invited to perform Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with the University of Arizona as an artist-in-residence. In 2011 he was selected to perform as a soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C major with the Bowling Green Philarmonia in Ohio. Mr. López has been recipient of prizes and grants, including 3rd place in the competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at the Great Lakes region and a grant given by the Mexican government of the Sonora state. In Florida he performed as a soloist for the Anton Coppola’s 100 year gala and was a semifinalist on the first edition of the International Francisco Araiza Vocal Competition. He also performed Leandro in the Zarzuela La Tabernera del Puerto and Julián in La Verbena de la Paloma with Spanish Lyric Theater. With Saint Petersburg Opera Mr Lopez performed the role of Gastone in La Traviata and Parpignol in La Boheme with Opera Tampa.