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Hyun Michelle Kim (Piano)

Born: Seoul, South Korea

The Korean pianist, Hyun Michelle Kim, began her musical studies at age 4. At age ten, gained immediate recognition as a rare talent at just ten years of age making her orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Her extraordinary performance led to a return engagement with the orchestra that was broadcast live on national television. Shortly after, she moved to the USA to study with John Perry at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She continued her musical studies a scholarship student at The Juilliard School where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein and Oxana Yablonskaya, and was recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Award. She has studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Oxana Yablonskaya and Temuri Akhobadze.

While a student at the Juilliard School, Michelle Kim garnered numerous prizes in competitions including First Prize in the Livingston Symphony Competition, the Brevard Symphony Competition, the Manhattanville Competition and top prize in the New Jersey Symphony Competition. Since then, she continued to add to her collection of prizes in both national and international competitions by winning First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition, First Prize in the Five Towns Music Competition, Winner of the Artists International Competition and top prizes in the Leschetizky Piano Competition, the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition and the Vincenzo Bellini International Piano Competition.

Michelle Kim is captivating the attention of audiences throughout the United States and abroad for her unique blend of pianistic power, poetry and striking stage presence. Described as "an artist of intense passion and profound sincerity," she has performed solo recitals and with orchestras in Korea, China, Italy, the UK, Belgium, France, Latin America and throughout the USA, including soloist appearances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Catania. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Newark Symphony Hall, the Brevard Music Center Festival, Bargemusic, the John Harms Center, the Teatro Massimo di Catania in Sicily, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Steinway Hall, and the Sejong Cultural Center.

In recent seasons, Michelle has performed at Caramoor, with the Bangor Symphony, the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Ridgefield Symphony and in recital performances in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, West Palm Beach, Chicago, China, Korea and Japan. Past seasons performances also included "Sunday's Live" at LACMA in Los Angeles which was broadcast live on K-Mozart, the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center which was broadcast live on WFMT, the Internationals in West Palm Beach, Festival des Claviers en Poitou, France, the Mozart Festival in Cincinnati, the Roundtop Center for the Arts, Maine and orchestral appearances with the Reading Symphony, the Paducah Symphony, the Lima Symphony, the Staten Island Symphony, the Flagler Symphony, the Brooklyn Symphony, the NJCU Symphony and the Hamilton-Fairfield Orchestra.

Michelle Kim gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) which was described by one reviewer as "profound...beautifully presented ...played with luminous sound and touching sincerity...eliciting an immediate ovation from an enraptured audience." Other performance highlights include a benefit concert for the former Prime Minister of South Korea, a performance of L.v. Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto No. 5, and a nationally televised performance of Frédéric Chopin's Concerto No.1 with the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Catania in Italy. Her performances have been televised in South Korea, Italy and the USA, and broadcast on radio stations in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, National Public Radio and WQXR.

Michelle Kim recently gave a Hong Kong debut recital performance in April 2008 at the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, a charity concert to benefit numerous local charitable organizations in Hong Kong where she currently resides. In May 2008, Michelle was asked to serve as “Musical Ambassador” for the Professional Music Association (PMA) Music Foundation of Hong Kong, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting and expanding music education programs and exchange in Hong Kong and China. As Musical Ambassador, Michelle will perform several charity concerts and fundraisers for children related social organizations in 2008 and 2009. She will also be actively involved in outreach programs such as the “Musical Angel Program” that provides advocacy and support to numerous social organizations in Hong Kong and China including children with blindness, mental and physical handicaps, cancer and illiteracy.

In the USA Michelle Kim resided in New York City. Currently she resides in Hong Kong with her husband.

"The most impressive talent we have discovered at the keyboard in recent memory. Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled...a revelation awaits you." - Beverly Hills Outlook

Source: Michelle Kim Website (2008-2009); Musicians Gallery Website; CD Baby Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2009)

Hyun Michelle Kim: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Michelle Kim (Official Website)
Concert Pianist Hyun Michelle Kim (Musicians Gallery)

Hyun Michelle Kim (Beauty in Music)

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