HyeJin Kim | piano
HyeJin Kim, a distinguished South Korean pianist, has been described as having ‘passionate, indisputably masterful technique with colourful interpretations’ (Der Westen) and is recognised as one of South Korea’s top artists, with a comprehensive career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator.
Born in Seoul, HyeJin trained at the prestigious Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School and her achievements include prestigious awards in events such as the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the DAAD Prize (Germany), the Steinway & Sons Advancement Award Competition and the Toronto International Piano Competition. Notably, she emerged as the youngest prize winner in the 55th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.
Kim’s global footprint extends to major international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Prague Spring Festival. Her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 marked a significant milestone, and she has collaborated with orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
In 2013, HyeJin made her major label debut with her recording of Rachmaninoff’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eduard Topchjan on Sony Classical. In November 2021, her first solo album, MIROIRS, was released on Navona Records, and her recording of Clementi’s early sonatas on Naxos came out in February 2022.
As a chamber musician, HyeJin is founder and artistic director of the Rendez-vous de la Musique Chamber Festival, founded in 2022 in Seoul, as well as the resident pianist of the music society Salastina. Her contributions also extend to the educational realm: she has served as a professor at Chugye University of the Arts and is currently a faculty member at the Colburn School.
An appreciative recipient of generous support by the Amron-Sutherland Grant for Young Pianists from the Colburn School, HyeJin Kim received her Artist Diploma at the Colburn School and completed her Master of Arts in Music and Konzertexamen from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin under the guidance of Fabio Bidini.