Australian pianist Grace Kim is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
She has performed with the major symphony orchestras of Australia, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, and won numerous prizes in various national and international competitions.
Grace has performed in major concert halls such as Het Concertgebouw, and De Doelen. Many of her performances have been broadcasted on radio and television in Australia, Netherlands and China.
In 2006, she performed before Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and the Australian Governor General, in celebration of the
400 year anniversary of Dutch-Australian contact.
Passionate about chamber music, Grace regularly works with distinguished artists. She is the founding member of the Odyssey Piano Trio. The Trio has toured successfully in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany and Australia. She is also in demand as a chamber music coach.
Grace recently returned from The Netherlands where she has been performing and teaching for 8 years.
She continues her 9th year as Pianist in Residence in Shepparton VIC, giving masterclasses and workshops to students and teachers.
From 2013, Grace is the Artistic Director of 2 organisations: the Rivendell Recital Series, and the Australian Korean Classical Association.
As well as holdig a private teaching studio, Grace recently joined the teaching staff of the Rising Stars Program at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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We asked Grace a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I began playing the piano at the age of 5, my mother passed me on to her piano teacher (she took lessons as an adult). It wasn’t until about when I was 16 years old that I knew this was what I wanted to do for life.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Most likely at home chasing after my boys aged 2 and 4!
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Beer.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? I think one hour concerts are a popular choice for the audience, though as a performer I am partial to the 2 part format (30-35 mins each bracket) where I can build up the program.
- When should we clap? When it drives you to! I know it can be unfulfilling to go against your natural reaction and withhold yourself because of ‘concert etiquette’. Pieces that require silence and concentration between movements can be announced before playing. That way the ‘rules’ are clear.
She is the artistic director of
- Rivendell Recital Series
- Australian Korean Classical Association