Kim Perlak’s versatile and inclusive approach to the guitar embraces new composition, scholarship, and public service. Her performances of classical works and collaborations with jazz and traditional players have been featured on National Public Radio, at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and at the National Guitar Workshop. Her work combining performance, American history, and outreach has been funded through grants from the Carolina Institute for Leadership and Engagement in Music, the Center for African American Southern Music, and the Yale Alumni Ventures program. Kim is the founder of the concert series “Ben & I Play for Peace,” which has raised $25,000.00 for the Veterans’ Guitar Project, the Wounded Warrior Project and Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids, and was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. Her playing was praised by The Austin-American Statesman as, “thoughtful, enchanting, vivid…a songwriter’s circle without the lyrics,” and by another Austin reviewer as, “moving…the most patriotic thing I’ve experienced in many months.”
Kim Perlak is the Assistant Chair of the Guitar Department at the Berklee College of Music. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Soundboard, the Journal for the Guitar Foundation of America.
Kim holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA ’08), Yale University School of Music (MM ’01), Stetson University (BM ’98). She plays guitars by Thomas Humphrey and endorses uses D’Addario Strings.