Described 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 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.
In 2009, Ms. Kim founded Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA), a registered Hong Kong Charity dedicated to inspiring and nurturing artistic excellence and personal success in our next generation of young artists and transforming lives through music. Her organization creates opportunities for talented young artists to perform in world’s most prestigious concert halls and study with world class artists in HKGNA’s music festival and offers other music and educational programs for disadvantaged and underprivileged youth to nurture their creative talent and empower them to fulfill their dreams.
Since moving to Hong Kong from the US in 2007, Ms. Kim has developed a passion for helping young artists and charitable organizations that support Hong Kong's youth and underprivileged. She has 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 and at the Hong Kong Cultural Center, commemorating the 60th National Day of China. In 2008, Ms. Kim performed with Nick Vujicic in the “Give Up Get Up” event and “Concert of Power”. In April 2008, Ms.Kim gave a charity concert at Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts presented by the American Women’s Association benefiting numerous local charitable organizations in Hong Kong. She also devotes her time teaching music at St Stephen's Society, a Hong Kong charitable organization which provides rehabilitation homes for recovering drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang members.
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 which led to her return engagement with the orchestra in a nationally televised concert. 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 has studied with Joseph Kalichstein and Temuri Akhobadze and 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. Michelle currently resides in Hong Kong with her husband Tom and two year old son Max.