Sumi Kim, Piano

Pianist Sumi Kim began playing the piano at the age of five in Seoul, South Korea. She continued working intensively even while completing a degree in Food Science. During this time she won the Grand Prize in the at the Virtuoso International Competition held in Seoul. This led to a recommendation from the selection committee that she pursue further studies abroad.

Relocating to the Yukon, Canada, Sumi Kim became an active as a recitalist and collaborative pianist in the Whitehorse music scene. She appeared regularly at the Gallery Recital Series at the Yukon Arts Centre, and the Rotary Music Festival. She also collaborated with the Whitehorse Community Choir.

Her passion for music and desire to deepen her knowledge propelled her to seek further instruction. She is presently completing her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto studying with Dr. Younggun Kim.

As a recipient of various awards, she acknowledges and values the Richard Iorweth Thorman Jazz Scholarship, the Mary-Margaret Webb Piano Performance Award, and the Greta Kraus Scholarship. An avid chamber musician, her Trio recently won the Felix Galimir Award at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Ms. Kim has been featured at various venues and with orchestras in the Greater Toronto area as well as further afield in other provinces within Canada. She finds that maintaining an active performance schedule is a great means of exploring the deeper meanings of the musical languages found in the piano repertoire.