Hailed as "an artist of intense passion and profound sincerity," pianist Michelle Kim has captivated audiences all over the world for her unique blend of pianistic power, poetry and striking stage presence.
She has performed in concert halls throughout the US, Europe and Asia including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Caramoor, the New Jersey Performing Art Center, the Brevard Music Center, Bargemusic, the Teatro Massimo di Catania, the Sejong Cultural Center, the Hong Kong Cultural Center, LACMA Sundays Live Series and the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. She’s performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New Jersey Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Catania, the Ridgefield Symphony, Reading Symphony, the Lima Symphony, the Flagler Symphony, the Brooklyn Symphony and the Bangor Symphony Orchestras among others. Ms. Kim's performances have been televised in South Korea, Italy and the United States and broadcast on radio stations in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, National Public Radio and WQXR, K-Mozart and WFMT.
Relocation from New York to Hong Kong in 2007, Ms. Kim developed a passion for helping young artists and charitable organizations that support Hong Kong's youth and underprivileged. She performed a number of charity concerts in Hong Kong, including a 2009 charity concert called “Ode to China” with violinist Lu Siqing and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the HK Cultural Center. In 2008, Ms. Kim also performed in Nick Vujicic’s “Give Up Get Up” event and “Concert of Power”. In April 2008, Ms. Kim gave a charity concert at HKAPA presented by the American Women’s Association benefiting numerous local charitable organizations in Hong Kong.
In 2009, pianist Michelle Kim founded Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA), a registered Hong Kong Charity dedicated to supporting next generation young artists and transforming lives and the community through music. In 2010, HKGNA awarded winners from HKGNA's Piano Competition with a dream come true NY debut concert at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York called “From Hong Kong with Love.” Since founding HKGNA, Ms. Kim devotes her time teaching music at St Stephen's Society, a rehab centre for recovering ex-drug addicts, ex-triad gang members and troubled youth, and Operation Dawn, an organization dedicated to providing drug addicts with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to eradicate drug dependency. In 2011, HKGNA was awarded ‘a Hong Kong & Shenzhen Lifestyle Award’ by the Southern Metropolis Daily for being an advocate for culture and performing arts and promoting youth development in Hong Kong. In 2013, Ms. Kim was featured as one of the “Inspiring Women of Hong Kong” in the October 2013 Anniversary Issue of Marie Claire for her charity work in Hong Kong.
Born in Seoul Korea, Ms. Kim began her musical studies at age four. At age ten, she gave her orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She graduated from The Juilliard School where she earned her Bachelors and Masters of Music and was recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Award. Ms. Kim garnered top prizes in national and international competitions including the Leschetizky Piano Competition, the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition and the Vincenzo Bellini International Piano Competition. Ms.Kim makes her home in Hong Kong with her husband Thomas and her son, Max.