Yong Goo K. was born in Kwang-Ju, South Korea. He developed a love of piano early in life. Mr. K.'s mother had a passion for piano, and even though she never had any formal lessons, she sought to introduce her sons to this beautiful instrument. At the young age of seven, after watching his older brother in piano lessons, Yong Goo’s parents enrolled him with the local piano academy to begin his education. His love of music and the piano grew during his time at the Piano Academy in Kwang-Ju and it ignited a passion within him to pursue piano performance.
In, 2006, Yong Goo's family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where his study of the piano would grow tremendously. Earning the coveted “Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship”, he continued to study piano at the Blair School of Music under the caring eyes of Dr. Craig Nies, Ms. Kay Rhee, and Mr. Roland Schneller.
In 2008, Mr. K. was selected to attend the Amati Music Festival in New York, performed at the Steinway Hall, and studied with Dr. Zenon Fishbein of the Manhattan School of Music. Then in 2009, he was honored to perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the Governor’s School of the Arts.
After graduating from Overton High School, Mr. K. moved his studies to Middle Tennessee State University as a Piano Performance Major on a Music Scholarship and began studying under the guidance of Dr. Lynn Rice-See. Growing in Dr. Rice-See’s studio has afforded Mr. K. the opportunity to perform in numerous Master Classes, duos and trios within the School of Music. And in 2011, Yong Goo would earn the unique honor of playing the Brahms trio with, the three- time Dove Award winner, Grammy Nominee Cellist and songwriter, Matt Slocum. Then in 2013 at MTSU, he would perform for Dr. Robert McDonald of Julliard. Somehow in the midst of his studies, Mr. K. has found time to inspire students of his own in his vibrant piano studio.
In addition, he has received the “Superior Prize” at the National Se-Kwang Piano Competition in Korea, the Superior Plus Award at the Tennessee State Music Teachers, the Nashville Area Teachers Association, and the TMTA Competitions in addition to winning the 2nd Prize at the Chattanooga Piano Competition.
Mr. K. has served multiple churches including that of Tullahoma First United Methodist Church in Tennessee as a staff piano accompanist and at Friendswood United Methodist Church as an Associate Music Director. It was at the Friendswood United Methodist Church where he had the privilege to conduct alongside Dan Forrest, a well-known church music composer.
In 2017, he received his master’s degree in Piano Performance at The University of Houston, Moores School of Music, having been awarded both a Music Scholarship and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. He taught group piano classes for music and non- music majors as well as accompanying piano for vocalists and instrumentalists.
Yong Goo is currently an active piano performer and adjunct piano professor at Lone Star College -Tomball. He strives to perform piano in a way that inspires and touches people’s hearts, as well as to teach students how joyful and wonderful it is to express emotions, images, words, and scenes through their instrument.